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Anxiety Specialist

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care & Interventional Psychiatry located in Hamden, CT & Woodbridge, CT

Feeling nervous, excited, or uneasy about an upcoming event, test, or meeting is normal. However, if you experience these feelings on a regular basis when dealing with normal, daily activities, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. At Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center, triple board-certified psychiatrist David Aversa, MD, MPH, and the mental health professionals specialize in diagnosing and treating anxiety. The child and adult psychiatric practice takes an integrative approach to care and uses innovative modalities to manage anxiety. To schedule an appointment, contact the office in Hamden or Woodbridge, Connecticut, by phone or online today.

Anxiety Q&A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal feeling your body experiences when under stress, whether caused by an upcoming deadline at work or nervousness surrounding an important decision you need to make. However, in most cases, these feelings of nervousness, fear, and excitement resolve quickly.

But if you have an anxiety disorder, you may continue to experience these feelings, which worsen over time and interfere with your daily life. 

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center offers state-of-the-art assessments and all modalities of treatment to help you manage your anxiety. 

What are the types of anxiety?

There are several types of anxiety disorders and it’s possible to suffer from more than one. Common types of anxiety disorders include:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

With GAD, you may experience excessive worry over everyday activities, such as your health, work, or social life. Your fear and anxiety may affect your ability to work or socialize with others. For a GAD diagnosis, you must experience excessive fear and anxiety most days of the week for at least six months.

Panic disorder

With a panic disorder, you experience unexpected panic attacks, which may cause heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, and trembling. A panic attack can be triggered by thoughts, events, or objects and may only last a few minutes. 

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder causes fear, anxiety, and avoidance of social situations due to concerns of embarrassment or feeling you may be negatively judged. 

Phobia-related disorders

Phobia-related disorders cause intense fear or anxiety about an object or situation. Common phobias include fear of flying, spiders, heights, and needles. 

How is anxiety treated?

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center develops individualized treatment plans for your anxiety, offering all modalities after your state-of-the-art assessment. Your treatment plan may include:

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is an effective treatment for anxiety. Your mental health specialist at Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center tailors your psychotherapy to match your individualized needs. 

Interventional psychiatry

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center also offers a number of innovative interventional psychiatry treatments for anxiety, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG) brain mapping with neurofeedback.

Psychopharmacology

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center also specializes in medication management for anxiety. Drug options include anti-anxiety medication, antidepressants, and beta-blockers. Your mental health specialist at Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center works closely with you to find the right combination of medications to manage your anxiety.

Anxiety can disrupt your daily life. For expert care, contact Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center by phone or online today.