It’s completely normal to experience a degree of anxiety on occasion — after all, you’re human. But if anxiety takes over your life or causes panic attacks, you may have a disorder that warrants professional care. Judy E. Vansiea, DNP, MA, MS, APRN, NPP, provides a compassionate, patient-centered approach to treating those struggling with anxiety. At her practice, Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services, in Uniondale, New York, and through virtual appointments, patients are empowered to overcome anxiety and live a more full, self-confident life. Call today for your telehealth or in-person appointment or book online.
Each anxiety disorder has slightly different characteristics. But, they all share similar symptoms, including:
Overthinking plans and solutions
Restless feelings or being on the “brink”
Inability to let go of worries
Worrying about things that are out of proportion to a specific event
You might be perceiving situations or events as threatening when they aren’t. Anxiety causes sleep disruptions, muscle tension, and digestive distress. During a panic attack, you may experience sweating, numbness in your hands and feet, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.
Most people have some degree of anxiety when faced with a stressful event, such as a work presentation or financial crisis. However, if your anxiety causes panic attacks, consumes your daily thoughts, or prevents you from doing activities you love, treatment may be necessary to help you manage. If you find yourself consistently relieving symptoms using drugs or alcohol, support from Dr. Vansiea can also help. Seek immediate treatment if you have suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
Simple everyday life can cause anxiety, especially if you undergo a lot of stress. Some people are more prone to anxiety due to genetics or prior trauma.
Anxiety disorders affect people of all ages. In fact, as many as 40 million people in the United States are suffering from anxiety.
Anxiety disorders vary in their severity and symptoms. The types of anxiety disorders include:
If you suspect you have one of these disorders or just find that everyday life overwhelms you, call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services.
Dr. Vansiea uses wellness training, cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, motivational interviewing, interpersonal therapy, and Christian counseling to help you manage your anxiety. She gets to know you on a personal level and offers compassionate support to help you deal with the social, physical, and environmental factors that might be contributing to your anxiety levels. In many cases, physical conditions — such as a hyperactive thyroid — may aggravate anxiety and can be easily decreased with adequate treatment.
Dr. Vansiea offers lifestyle changes, therapy, and, possibly, medication to help you overcome life-altering anxiety.
If anxiety interferes with your ability to work, enjoy relationships, and deal with daily life, call Coping Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry Services or book an appointment online.