Anxiety services offered in Tamarac, FL

More than 30% of adults struggle with an anxiety disorder, experiencing unrelenting fear and worry that interferes with their daily life. At Ismail MD PA, psychiatrist Saiqa Ismail, MD, provides customized anxiety treatments that meet each person’s mental health needs. If you experience anxiety that affects your ability to enjoy life, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call the office in Coral Springs, Florida, or use online booking to request an in-person or telehealth visit.

Anxiety Q&A

When should I seek help for anxiety?

Anxiety normally serves an essential role. Feelings of stress and anxiety trigger the release of hormones that quickly energize your mind and body, giving you the focus and strength needed to deal with the situation.

Your body automatically has this response to all stressful situations, large and small. Then after the crisis ends, your anxiety disappears, and your body regains balance.

Because anxiety is such a common and necessary feeling, it’s hard to know when it becomes an anxiety disorder that needs professional support.

As a general guideline, you should consider seeking help when anxiety:

  • Makes you adjust your daily life to avoid anxiety-causing people, places, and activities
  • Disrupts your ability to meet responsibilities at work, home, and school
  • Becomes a frequent or constant presence
  • Persists even if you don’t face a stressful event
  • Compels you to avoid social events

Anxiety disorders typically don’t improve without treatment.

What symptoms does anxiety cause?

You can develop several anxiety disorders, and each one has unique symptoms. For example, generalized anxiety disorder causes excessive worry about everyday issues like jobs, children, and finances.

By comparison, social anxiety disorder is defined by an intense fear of meeting new people, being in public places, and performing in front of others.

However, all anxiety disorders cause symptoms such as:

  • Fear
  • Dread
  • Worry
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Stomachaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite

Severe anxiety may cause a panic attack, resulting in sudden symptoms like dizziness, difficulty breathing, excessive sweating, and chest pain.

How is anxiety treated?

After learning about your symptoms and diagnosing the type of anxiety disorder, your therapist discusses the evidence-based treatment options available to meet your unique needs and goals.

Your therapist may recommend one of several therapies. One type, cognitive behavioral therapy, helps you identify and change negative or distorted thoughts that contribute to anxiety. Another therapeutic approach focuses on learning to tolerate the things that cause anxiety.

You may also need medications for severe anxiety or panic attacks. Fast-acting anti-anxiety medicines quickly relieve symptoms, but they’re typically used for a short time. Antidepressants can ease stress and anxiety even if you don’t need them for depression.

In addition to therapy and medication, your therapist may recommend stress-reduction techniques. A few examples include mindfulness, exercise, and medication.

You can overcome stress and anxiety with compassionate care at Ismail MD PA. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.

Dr. Ismail is an experienced psychiatrist that treats patients for ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar disorder and more. Call us to book your appointment today.