Anxiety Specialist

Summit Mental Health Clinic

Adult and Child Psychiatrist located in Austin, TX

Overwhelming emotions like worry and fear can leave you feeling powerless and unsure about how to continue your daily activities. Generalized anxiety disorder, usually referred to simply as anxiety, affects about 40 million men and women in the United States, but less than half of those suffering from anxiety receive treatment. Francisca Ifesinachukwu MD – affectionately known as Dr. Ada – and the team at Summit Mental Health Clinic treat anxiety to help patients regain control over their emotions so they can enjoy life to its fullest. To schedule an assessment with the caring experts at Summit Mental Health Clinic, call the office in Austin, Texas, or book an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q&A

What is anxiety?

Persistent, overwhelming feelings of worry, nervousness, or fear can indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety affects all aspects of your life, including your ability to meet work or school obligations. It can also impact your personal relationships and your physical health.

Coping with anxiety can leave you mentally and physically exhausted. Because anxiety feels stifling, confusing, and unending, depression and substance abuse frequently co-occur with anxiety disorders. 

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

In addition to ongoing anxious feelings, some of the most common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Decreased ability to focus on everyday tasks
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Irritability
  • Panic attacks

Physical symptoms of anxiety include headaches, stomach issues, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances.

What causes anxiety?

Many factors can contribute to an anxiety disorder, such as:

  • Past trauma
  • Problems with work, family, and other environmental stressors
  • Brain chemistry
  • Chronic pain or illness

It’s not entirely clear why some people are more prone to anxiety than others, and genetics may play a role. 

How is anxiety diagnosed?

If you’re suffering from anxiety symptoms, a comprehensive assessment at Summit Mental Health Clinic can help determine the exact cause of your anxious emotions. During your evaluation, your provider discusses your symptoms with you in detail, reviews your physical and mental health history, and addresses your questions and concerns. 

Following your intake session, your provider makes recommendations for treatment based on your individual needs.

Which treatments can improve anxiety?

The experienced providers at Summit Mental Health Clinic provide expert counseling services to help you uncover the underlying issues that trigger your anxiety symptoms. The highly trained team understands anxiety disorders and can help you develop coping strategies to relieve symptoms while you do the work to heal the root causes of your anxiety.

Your provider may recommend techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), creative therapy and journaling, yoga, or meditation to help improve your symptoms.

The idea of discussing your problems with a therapist might make you feel uncomfortable at first. However, unaddressed anxiety typically worsens over time. When you work with a skilled mental health professional such as those at Summit Mental Health Clinic, you experience relief while developing skills that help you live a fuller, happier life long after your treatment is complete.

Sometimes, medications are useful during the healing process. If your Summit Mental Health Clinic provider thinks you might benefit from anti-anxiety medication, they may write you a prescription.

To schedule an anxiety assessment, call Summit Mental Health Clinic, or book online today.