While everyone gets anxious sometimes, overwhelming anxiety can become debilitating. Whether you regularly feel on edge or panic attacks make you fearful of leaving the house, Gagandeep Singh, MD, can help. A double board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist, Dr. Singh educates you on managing your anxiety symptoms and living life with less stress and worry. If you live in or near Freehold and Monroe Township, New Jersey, and need a psychiatrist who treats anxiety, contact Dr. Singh. Call his office to schedule or book your appointment online.
Anxiety manifests in different ways, and some people have different anxiety disorders. Some of the most common include:
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) occurs when you have overwhelming anxiety for no apparent reason for an extended period. You may experience feelings of restlessness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Your worry often feels out of control.
With a panic disorder, you experience unexpected and unprovoked periods of extreme fear, which are panic attacks. During one of these episodes, your heart may pound, you may sweat or have trouble breathing. You may avoid public places for fear of having a panic attack.
Social anxiety disorder causes a fear of social situations due to the expectation of being judged or rejected by others. You may feel self-conscious, anxious, or worried. Those with social anxiety disorder have difficulty making friends or attending public events.
Obsessive thoughts and compulsions which interfere with your daily life characterize this disorder. You may have obsessive thoughts or urges, including illogical doubts about yourself, an exaggerated fear of germs, or needing everything to be in perfect order. You may experience compulsions like repeatedly checking on things, excessive cleaning, or organizing things.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops after you’ve been through a traumatic event or experience. PTSD manifests itself by creating fear and anxiety related to an event, long after the threat is over. You may have flashbacks, nightmares, avoid things that remind you of the experience, or feel "on edge" and startle easily.
Anxiety is often caused by a combination of life events and inherited traits. Sometimes, you may have an underlying medical condition creating your anxiety, including:
Dr. Singh treats anxiety in a variety of ways. He engages in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of psychotherapy. CBT is a short-term and evidence-based treatment that focuses on problem-solving to reach specific goals.
Through CBT, Dr. Singh helps you recognize negative thoughts that impact how you think and act. To correct them, he may give you exercises and skills to practice. He may ask that you track certain things, such as your thoughts and feelings or how long you sleep. In some cases, Dr. Singh may ask you to do some "homework" to improve these skills.
In addition to CBT, he may recommend medications to control your anxiety.
When anxiety starts making daily living difficult, find a solution with Dr. Singh. Book your appointment today online or call to schedule.