Anxiety is a serious condition that can interfere with your daily activities, and it may impact your job performance and personal relationships. If you regularly experience anxiety, Arturo Portales, DO, FAARFM, at OC Medical Tustin in Tustin, California, can help. Dr. Portales can address the underlying causes of your anxiety and provide treatment to help your overall health and wellness. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Anxiety is a general term that refers to feelings of distress, such as nervousness, fear, or worry. These are normal emotions that are part of your body’s fight-or-flight response. Your fight-or-flight response is a healthy mechanism that allows you to act quickly and decisively in situations that you perceive to be dangerous. However, if your brain is in a fight-or-flight state when no threat of danger is present, the anxiety you experience can interfere with your quality of life and physical health.
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, but if you feel anxious on a regular basis, you may have an anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and panic disorder.
The exact cause of anxiety disorders isn’t yet known, but several factors may contribute to debilitating anxiety. Some of these factors include:
Anxiety affects people of all ethnicities and ages, but women have a higher risk of anxiety than men.
Symptoms can vary greatly depending on the type of anxiety disorder and the circumstances of the individual. Anxiety can be intermittent or constant, and distress levels can range from a low-grade sense of worry to a full-blown panic attack. Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety disorders include:
If you suffer from anxiety, you may also have digestive symptoms, such as nausea or an upset stomach, especially in circumstances that you perceive as particularly stressful.
As a practitioner of functional medicine, Dr. Portales uses a holistic approach when treating anxiety. He begins with an in-depth medical evaluation, which may include blood, urine, and genetic testing. In some cases, Dr. Portales may request that you see a mental health professional for a psychological evaluation.
When your diagnosis is complete, Dr. Portales will create a customized treatment plan designed to address the physical and emotional factors that are contributing to your anxiety. Your plan may include some of these treatment options:
If you’re experiencing anxiety, you don’t have to keep suffering. To schedule a confidential consultation, call the office today or book an appointment online.