About 20% of American adults — roughly 40 million people — suffer from anxiety, the most common mental health condition in the United States, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America. That’s a lot of people — but what’s even more alarming is that even though anxiety is highly treatable, less than 40% of people who have anxiety seek medical care.
At OB/GYN Associates of Conroe, Richard Roberts, MD, and his team focus on providing health care aimed at treating the whole patient, with treatments to improve both physical and emotional wellness. At his practice in Conroe, Texas, Dr. Roberts helps women with anxiety find the balanced, natural health care they need to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
While occasional worries and anxiety are a part of daily living, people with anxiety disorders feel anxious often, sometimes all (or nearly all) the time. Plus, the anxiety, fear, and worry they feel is very intense and out of proportion to the actual source. Severe anxiety can even lead to panic attacks.
Anxiety disorders frequently interfere with daily living, ushering in instructive thoughts and worries that can make regular interactions very difficult. Many people with anxiety disorders have difficulty with work, school, and relationships.
Like depression, anxiety can’t simply be controlled by “thinking positive” or “placing your thoughts elsewhere.” The anxious feelings are pervasive and can infiltrate and influence every aspect of your life.
Anxiety disorders cause a lot of different symptoms, like:
Many people try to limit their anxious feelings by avoiding the triggers that cause anxiety, interfering with normal life activities.
Sometimes, anxiety occurs alongside depression, and the symptoms of both can wind up overlapping. Fortunately, for both disorders, treatment is very effective.
One of the primary symptoms of anxiety (and depression, too) is feeling like you can’t control your worries and fears. Through natural women’s health, Dr. Roberts helps his patients play a more proactive role in their emotional and overall wellness, giving women the tools they need to manage their anxiety and relieve its symptoms.
If you suffer from anxiety or have symptoms of anxiety, Dr. Roberts begins treatment with a physical exam and a review of the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. He may also order lab tests, like blood work or urinalysis, to rule out underlying problems that could be causing or intensifying your symptoms.
Even when anxiety doesn’t have a specific source or cause, many people who suffer from anxiety find they benefit from lifestyle changes aimed at promoting overall wellness. Those changes can include weight loss, getting more exercise, taking supplements to correct nutritional deficiencies, and learning ways to manage stress.
Dr. Roberts also performs in-depth screenings for anxiety and depression, recommending therapy and other resources to help you feel better. Bottom line: Your anxiety treatment plan will be entirely customized for your needs and focused on helping you manage your symptoms and lead a happier, healthier life.
Anxiety isn’t just “being nervous,” and it’s not something you can “just get over” or cure with positive thinking. It’s an emotional health issue that’s often related to underlying physical or physiological problems that require medical treatment to feel better.
If you have anxiety and you’d like to learn what you can do to take control of your life and manage your symptoms more effectively, we can help. Call 936-756-7788 or book an appointment online with the team at OB/GYN Associates of Conroe today.