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When Does Anxiety Require Medical Intervention?

Most people have felt anxious at one time or another. Maybe you felt a bit nervous at a job interview or when you had to give a speech in front of a large crowd. Or, maybe you were worried about not having enough money to pay the rent one month or scared about a medical test. These are all examples of anxiety, and it’s normal to feel this way in these situations.

But what if you worry or feel nervous constantly and it’s hard for you to make it through each day? And, what if you start having panic attacks? That’s when you should seek medical help from a doctor who specializes in treating anxiety like Dr. Amr Beltagui in Los Angeles, CA. He helps people just like you manage their anxiety so they can lead productive lives.

General anxiety disorder

If you have a feeling of dread, fear, or worry that won’t go away, you may have generalized anxiety disorder. This can be treated with psychotherapy, medication, and lifestyle modifications. 

Examples include cutting back on alcohol or caffeine, eating healthy, getting enough rest, participating in regular exercise, or practicing yoga, mindfulness, or deep breathing when your anxiety ramps up. 

Panic attacks

Panic attacks can feel similar to heart attacks with shaking, sweating, shortness of breath, chest tightness or pain, dizziness, or heart palpitations. They also come on suddenly. 

Because the symptoms of both conditions are similar, you may find yourself in the emergency room one day, being treated for a panic attack. If you suffer from panic attacks often, you may need medication to help control them. 

Watch for these signs

If you notice any of these signs happening more often than usual, seek medical help. If you’re in crisis or having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, call 911.

Do you have any of these symptoms? Start paying attention to your anxiety by noting how you feel and how your body is reacting. It’s helpful to jot these episodes down in a notebook or other safe place for future reference.

When it feels like your anxiety is controlling you, instead of the other way around, it’s time to seek medical attention. For expert care in Los Angeles, schedule a consultation with Dr. Amr Beltagui. Call 909-217-7785 or request an appointment online today. 

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