Twenty percent of adults are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder each year, and 30% of all adults will be afflicted at some point in their life. Nearly one out of three teens meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder. While cognitive-behavioral therapy is the most popular treatment for anxiety disorders, it may not be appropriate for all individuals. Dr. Levy customizes her approach to most effectively resolve each person’s unique needs and concerns. If you have questions about anxiety, or you’d like to schedule an appointment, use the online booking feature or call one of the offices located on the Upper East Side of New York and Bronxville, New York.
Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work or school or before making a big decision.
Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear for a person with an anxiety disorder. The anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.
The symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include feeling anxious and worried on most days and having trouble controlling your anxiety. You may feel on edge, irritable, easily fatigued, or have trouble concentrating.
A panic attack is a sudden, intense feeling of fear, causing a physical response that’s so severe many patients think they’re having a heart attack. For example, you may experience a fast or pounding heart, sweating, shortness of breath, and chest pain.
You may have panic disorder when you have recurring panic attacks, or a past panic attack makes you fearful of another one. Patients often change their behavior with the goal of avoiding any situation they believe may trigger another attack.
Dr. Levy has extensive experience successfully helping patients overcome their anxiety. Treatment varies based on the specific type of anxiety one has and certain personal characteristics. When you have persistent anxiety, call Dr. Rachel Katherine Levy or schedule an appointment online.