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Anxiety services offered in Sandy Springs, GA


Anxiety disorders cause disabling stress and fear that can lead to terrifying panic attacks. If you’re struggling with anxiety, contact Karen Giles, MD, at Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Dr. Giles specializes in treating disorders like anxiety and the depression that often develops alongside it. She uses innovative treatments such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and ketamine therapy for effective symptom relief. To find an anxiety therapy that works for you, call Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions today or request an appointment online.

What is anxiety?

Feeling anxious at times is perfectly normal. You’re bound to feel nervous before an important work presentation or your child’s first day at school. What’s not normal is to feel anxious most or all of the time.

If anxiety rules your life, it’s become a mental health disorder. The most common kind is a generalized anxiety disorder, where everything from visiting the grocery store to making decisions is a source of stress and fear.

Some people have anxiety that focuses on a specific situation or object. These are phobias — fear of flying, heights, and spiders are common phobias. Social anxiety disorder is a phobia that centers on a fear of being in social situations.

Anxiety disorders are distressing and often disabling. However, with expert treatment at Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions, you can overcome abnormal anxiety.

 

What symptoms do anxiety disorders cause?

Anxiety disorders cause both psychological and physical problems. Common symptoms include:

  • Nervousness
  • Muscle tension
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Trembling
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Panic attacks

Panic attacks are frightening experiences where your anxiety grows so severe that you can’t function normally. In addition to sweating, shaking, and a pounding heart, you might have chest pain and difficulty catching your breath. Panic attacks can leave you unable to speak or move, or you might cry or scream uncontrollably.

Further, panic attacks are such horrible experiences that you’re likely to adopt avoidance behavior. That means isolating yourself to where you feel safest, so you reduce the risk of further attacks.

Many people develop depression along with anxiety, adding to the severe effects you can experience if these disorders go untreated.

 

How are anxiety disorders treated?

When you seek help for anxiety at Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions, Dr. Giles performs a comprehensive psychiatric consultation. This process enables her to understand your condition and how it’s affecting you.

There are several effective treatments for anxiety, including:

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy takes many forms, all of which involve talking about your condition. You might benefit from interpersonal psychotherapy, which helps you process experiences and problems that could be triggering your anxiety and depression. 

Cognitive behavioral therapy is also helpful for anxiety, showing you how to manage your fears day-to-day. Dr. Giles may recommend a therapist in the community to help.

Medication

Anti-anxiety medication can help reduce the severity of your symptoms. Antidepressants are the first line treatment for treating anxiety in addition to therapy. These medications might also help, if you also have depression.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a noninvasive therapy that uses magnets to target specific areas of your brain linked to anxiety. It helps adjust and calm the brain’s neuronal communications to combat the effects of anxiety and depression.

Ketamine

Dr. Giles offers IV (intravenous) ketamine therapy and intranasal esketamine (Spravato® nasal spray). Ketamine can have rapid and dramatic effects on depression and anxiety.

TMS and ketamine are innovative approaches to treating anxiety and aren’t as widely available as other treatments. Many patients find that their symptoms improve rapidly.

To find the treatment combination that’s right for you, call Breakthru Psychiatric Solutions today or request an appointment online.