Anxiety Specialist

Alexandria Aesthetics

Aesthetic Specialist & Internal Medicine located in Alexandria, VA

Anxiety disorders affect just over 18% of the United States population yearly, yet only about 37% of those affected receive treatment. If anxiety is hindering your quality of life, internal medicine physician Dr. Kantha Stoll at Alexandria Adult Primary Care in Alexandria, Virginia, treats anxiety so you can live a normal, healthy life. Call today to learn more, or book an appointment online.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a mental health condition that causes pervasive feelings of fearfulness and affects your life in a negative way. Types of anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Social anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder

If you have an anxiety disorder, you may be fearful of things other people don’t usually stress over. Anxiety disorders are caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, personality traits, certain life events, and brain chemistry.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

If you have an anxiety disorder, symptoms you’ll experience vary based on the type of anxiety you have. You might notice:

  • Chest pains
  • Nightmares or flashbacks
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiousness, nervousness, or being afraid often
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Problems sleeping
  • Feelings of worry you can’t control
  • Panic attacks
  • Worry and fear in social situations
  • You’re afraid to leave home

If you have social anxiety, being around other people can cause you to feel nervous or fearful, especially when you’re around large groups of people. You may blush, tremble, or sweat when talking with people — or avoid being around people altogether. Even making phone calls may cause anxiety.

You’re more likely to develop anxiety if you’re shy, a woman, are widowed or divorced, are exposed to traumatic events, have a family history of anxiety, or have elevated levels of the hormone cortisol.

How is anxiety treated?

For many people, anxiety is a disabling disorder, while others eventually learn to cope with it well. Dr. Stoll treats anxiety using psychotherapy (talk therapy), medications that ease anxiety, or a combination of these.

She may recommend cognitive behavioral therapy, which teaches you different ways to behave, think, and react to anxiety-producing situations. If social anxiety is getting the best of you, this form of therapy also helps you practice social skills.

Meditation and other stress management techniques (such as breathing exercises, yoga, and massage) are also useful for some people with anxiety.

When you’re ready to seek help for your anxiety that hinders your quality of life or negatively affects your relationships, call Alexandria Adult Primary Care, or book an appointment online today with Dr. Stoll.