Anxiety

Michelle Sturdivant, NP -  - Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner

Healthworx Family Clinic

Michelle Sturdivant, NP

Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner located in Edmond, OK

Anxiety can prevent you from participating in everyday activities or enjoying life to its fullest. About 18% of people in the United States experience anxiety each year. At Healthworx Family Clinic in Edmond, Oklahoma, Michelle Sturdivant, NP, diagnoses and treats anxiety and depression to ease symptoms and restore your quality of life. No insurance? No problem! This family medicine clinic offers affordable cash-pay pricing for patients without insurance and is open late on Tuesday evenings for added convenience. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of fear or anxiousness that doesn’t go away over time and negatively impacts your everyday life. Types of anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Phobia-related disorders
  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Anxiety can interfere with your job, relationships with other people, or school. If it does, seeking treatment can drastically improve your quality of life.

What are the risk factors for anxiety?

Anxiety risk factors are often due to genetics, life situations, or combinations of the two. Factors that increase your risk of anxiety include:

  • Family history of anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personality traits
  • Traumatic life events
  • Having a chronic illness
  • Stress
  • Drug or alcohol misuse

While you can’t always prevent anxiety, various treatments allow you to live a happy, fulfilling life despite having this mental health condition.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

When they occur regularly, the following symptoms may indicate an anxiety disorder.

  • Feeling nervous, anxious, tense, or restless
  • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
  • An increased heart rate
  • Feelings of fear, panic, or doom
  • Trembling or sweating
  • Weakness, tiredness, or gastrointestinal problems
  • Persistent worry
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping problems
  • Avoiding situations that trigger anxiety

At Healthworx Family Clinic, Michelle asks you questions about your symptoms to diagnose anxiety and establish a personalized treatment plan for you. You might suffer from depression, which is constant sadness or hopelessness, in addition to anxiety as the two conditions often occur together.

What is the treatment for anxiety?

At Healthworx Family Clinic, your anxiety treatment plan may include:

Medications

Medications help relieve symptoms of anxiety or treat depression and anxiety together.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, involves group or one-on-one counseling to help reduce anxiety symptoms. Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on learning skills that help you cope with anxiety. Michelle refers you to a specialist when necessary for anxiety or depression psychotherapy.

Lifestyle changes

Making lifestyle changes helps ease symptoms of anxiety. Examples include getting regular exercise, avoiding alcohol, drugs, smoking, and caffeine, trying stress-relieving techniques (yoga, meditation, etc.), getting plenty of sleep, and eating a healthy diet.

Don’t let anxiety take the enjoyment out of life when simple treatment options are available at Healthworx Family Clinic. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.