Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders affect about 18% of Americans. In the Silicon Valley, those numbers are even higher. Unlike normal anxiety caused by a stressful event (for example, a first date or a job interview), anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if not treated.

Common Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders

Check if the following descriptions seem familiar:

  • Do you worry excessively about everyday problems?
  • Are you unable to get rid of your concerns, even though you usually realize that your anxiety is more severe than the situation warrants?
  • Do you have trouble relaxing?
  • Are you startled easily?
  • Do you have trouble concentrating because of your anxiety?
  • Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?
  • Are you often fatigued?
  • Do you have frequent headaches, muscle tension, or muscle aches?

Effects of Anxiety Disorders

People who suffer from an anxiety disorder constantly stress and worry even if there are not many reasons for doing so. They anticipate disaster and are overly-concerned with their health, finances, family issues, or work. Even when their concerns are justifiable, their stressed reaction is greatly exaggerated. Oftentimes, the thought of getting through the day or making a simple decision produces high levels of anxiety.

Some people with anxiety disorders may suffer from panic attacks. A person going through a panic attack feels a sudden sense of terror, accompanied by an accelerated heart rate, sweatiness, and feelings of weakness, faintness, or dizziness. Nausea and chest pain can also accompany a panic attack. Panic attacks can be very scary and seem completely out of a person’s control. With the right treatment, not only can panic attacks be minimized or eliminated, but anxiety in general can also be significantly reduced.

People with mild anxiety levels can function relatively well. However, in order to achieve that, they must work much harder compared to their non-afflicted counterparts. In their most severe form, anxiety disorders can completely debilitate a person’s life.

Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety can be treated with the help of therapy, medications, or a combination of the two. Dr. Spector assists her clients in gaining the practical and cognitive skills to control their anxiety and to efficiently handle their typical daily struggles. She refers clients for medication evaluation when appropriate.