Psychiatry Teams & TMS located in Columbia, MD

Anxiety services offered in Columbia, MD

Excessive, constant, or disproportionate worry is a possible indication of an underlying anxiety disorder. In Columbia, Maryland, psychiatrist Anandraj Mattai, MD, and the other providers at Innovative Psychiatry, LLC, offer individualized treatment for anxiety disorders based on the results of advanced tests. Schedule your appointment for anxiety by calling Innovative Psychiatry, LLC or booking online today.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal feeling that everyone occasionally experiences. It’s characterized by worry and fear or apprehension. Having anxiety before a major event of some sort is no cause for concern and is a stress response. Feeling anxious all the time and often in response to situations or circumstances that don’t warrant those feelings is a sign of an anxiety disorder.

There are several anxiety disorders that can cause persistent anxiety. Generalized anxiety disorder involves excessive worry about details of your everyday life, while other anxiety disorders, like social anxiety disorder or phobias, involve a more specific fear or unease. 

Innovative Psychiatry, LLC offers mental health assessments that can help diagnose anxiety disorders. Your provider supports you with individualized anxiety management care. 

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

The symptoms of anxiety vary from person to person and can range in their intensity. Some anxiety symptoms are psychological, while others are physiological because anxiety activates your sympathetic nervous system. It also causes the release of fight-or-flight hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. 

When anxiety symptoms happen, they can include:

  • Ongoing worry
  • A sense of doom or panic
  • Muscle tension
  • Trembling
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Sweating
  • An increased heart rate
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping

Your provider at Innovative Psychiatry, LLC explains your specific diagnosis and uses it to develop a plan to manage your anxiety symptoms that includes evidence-based treatments and lifestyle changes.

How can I manage my anxiety?

Managing anxiety can be a challenge, but it’s possible to improve your quality of life with expert psychiatric care. Your provider at Innovative Psychiatry, LLC might prescribe anti-anxiety medications or antidepressants to improve your symptoms. They use the GeneSight® pharmacogenomic test to determine which medications might work best considering your genetic makeup. 

In addition to medications, Innovative Psychiatry, LLC offers individual therapy sessions for anxiety disorders. You work with your provider to develop coping skills that help you manage your anxious thoughts and actions. Therapy sessions last for 50 minutes and have flexible scheduling options. 

Making small, healthy lifestyle changes improves both your physical and mental health. Finding a healthy outlet for stress, getting more sleep, and exercising can all positively impact your anxiety symptoms. 

If you or your child has persistent anxiety symptoms, call Innovative Psychiatry, LLC, or book an appointment online today.