Anxiety

Paul Sandhu, MD -  - Pain Management

Pain Solvers

Paul Sandhu, MD

Pain Management & Regenerative Medicine located in North Beach/Telegraph Hill, San Francisco, CA & Pleasant Hill, CA

Anxiety disorders account for the most common mental illness in the United States, but only about 37% of the estimated 40 million adults who have anxiety disorders receive treatment. You don’t have to suffer from anxiety symptoms. The experienced team at Pain Solvers offers expertise in anxiety treatment for ages 12 and up, providing consultations at their office in the North Beach/Telegraph Hill area of San Francisco, and treating patients in Pleasant Hill, California. To get thoughtful, specialized treatment for your anxiety, make an appointment by calling the office nearest you or booking one online.

Anxiety Q & A

What are anxiety disorders?

Anxiety is the anticipation of a future circumstance or outcome. People suffering from anxiety disorders experience muscle tension and often try to avoid situations that trigger their symptoms. 

An anxiety disorder may be diagnosed if you experience a fear or anxiety that seems greater than what the situation warrants, is a concern that is age-inappropriate, or affects your ability to function normally. 

If you’re suffering from anxiety, call or book an appointment online with the team at Pain Solvers to learn about your treatment options.

What are the different types of anxiety disorders?

There are six types of anxiety disorders:

Generalized anxiety disorder

If you can’t stop worrying about your everyday situations, such as family, work, health, school, or financial issues, or you always expect disaster, you may have generalized anxiety disorder.

Panic disorder

Panic disorder causes panic attacks, a sudden loss of control and a feeling of terror even when you’re not in any danger. An attack can happen without warning. 

People suffering from panic disorder may also have physical symptoms, including chest pain, rapid heartbeat and difficulty breathing. People with severe panic disorder symptoms live in fear and often cannot leave their home.

Specific phobias

Specific phobias are the most commonly diagnosed form of anxiety and involve an irrational fear about a situation or event even though you know there is no real threat. For example, you may have a fear of flying, public transportation, medical procedures, or elevators. You may recognize that the fear is irrational, but you feel powerless to stop it.

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is the fear of entering a crowded or open space, or any area where you feel it would be difficult to escape. People with agoraphobia often experience panic attacks when in certain places, and may try to avoid those situations completely.

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is the fear of being rejected or judged in a social situation. People with social phobia often experience physical symptoms involving increased heart rate and nausea, and some may have full-blown panic attacks in social situations.

Separation anxiety disorder

Almost all children from 18 months to 3 years old have separation anxiety, and it’s considered a normal part of growing up. As an adult, if you experience extreme anxiety or panic attacks when your loved ones aren’t nearby, you could have separation anxiety disorder.

If you have anxiety symptoms, let the doctors at Pain Solvers offer treatment options. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today. Your satisfaction is our goal.