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Anxiety

Unity Behavioral Health

Lexie P Barton, FNP

Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner located in New Mexico

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and causes fear or nervousness when faced with unknown outcomes. However, if your anxiety is excessive, chronic, or interferes with your daily routine, you may be struggling with an anxiety disorder. At Unity Behavioral Health, a telemedicine practice based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lexie Barton, FNP, specializes in helping adults with anxiety get the psychiatric services they need. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety causes feelings of nervousness, fear, worry, or excitement. For most people, anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations, such as a big exam, a problem at work, or a life-changing event (wedding, new baby). In these situations, your anxiety is temporary.

With an anxiety disorder, fear, worry, or nervousness are ongoing feelings that worsen over time and make it hard for you to manage your day-to-day activities. 

If your anxiety affects your job, home-life, or relationships, call Unity Behavioral Health or book an appointment online today. Lexie offers many options that can help you manage your anxiety.

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

There are many types of anxiety disorders that have unique symptoms. However, they all cause persistent and excessive fear or worry during every day, non-threatening situations. 

The types of anxiety disorders include:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

With GAD, you excessively worry about everyday things like your health, job, or relationships. Your anxiety may consume hours of your day, affecting your ability to concentrate and complete daily tasks.

Social anxiety disorder

People with social anxiety disorder suffer from an irrational fear of humiliation (saying the wrong thing or being negatively judged by others) during social interactions. 

Panic disorder

If you have frequent, unexpected panic attacks, then you may have a panic disorder. Panic attacks cause intense periods of paralyzing fear that peak within minutes. These attacks may cause physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, and dizziness.

Phobia

A phobia is an intense fear or aversion to a specific object or situation. Though it’s normal to fear heights or to fly, with a phobia, the feelings of fear and worry are out of proportion to the actual danger. 

How is anxiety treated?

At Unity Behavioral Health, Lexie conducts a comprehensive assessment to diagnose your anxiety and develop an effective treatment plan. 

Though Lexie believes medication is an essential part of managing your anxiety symptoms, she augments your medical treatment with counseling.

If your hormone levels are low, Lexie may also suggest hormone replacement therapy. Hormone imbalance exacerbates anxiety symptoms. Optimizing hormone levels may alleviate your anxiety and improve overall health and wellness. 

Lexie believes in building long-lasting relationships with her patients and schedules regular telemedicine follow-up appointments for continued counseling and medication adjustments.

Unity Behavioral Health doesn’t prescribe narcotics to treat anxiety symptoms. 

For compassionate care for your anxiety from a trusted provider, call Unity Behavioral Health or schedule an appointment online today.