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Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine located in Boise, ID

Anxiety services offered in Boise, ID

Anxiety disorders make you constantly feel on edge, like you live on your nerves, and are likely to cause physical symptoms, such as digestive problems and fatigue. Mental health professionals Scott Lane, FNP-C, Sean Leonard, PMHNP-BC, and their team at NuGen Wellness Center in Boise, Idaho, offer compassionate care for people with anxiety. Therapy and carefully managed medication can help you live without excessive worry and stress. Call the NuGen Wellness Center office or book an appointment online today for expert anxiety treatment.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is something you feel when you’re scared, worried, or under stress. Feeling anxious is perfectly natural at times, especially when something significant is happening, like starting a new job or going to a hospital appointment. However, some people feel anxious most or all of the time, which isn’t healthy.

Stress and fear trigger a physical response in your body, which floods with hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones make you sharper, faster, and stronger, which can be a good thing — if you need to run away from danger, adrenaline helps you run faster.

Even in situations that aren’t life-threatening, these hormones can be helpful, enabling you to perform well at a sports event, interview, or presentation. The problem arises when constant anxiety causes your body to repeatedly release stress hormones.

If your anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can prevent you from leading a normal life. Fortunately, the NuGen Wellness Center team specializes in helping people overcome anxiety disorders.

What symptoms does anxiety cause?

Anxiety causes various distressing symptoms, including:

  • Constant nervousness
  • Problems concentrating
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle tension
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Excessive sweating
  • Trembling
  • Nausea and vomiting

Physical anxiety symptoms worsen during a panic attack. These can occur out of the blue, leaving you little control over yourself. You might be unable to move or say anything, or you may cry or scream uncontrollably. Some people also experience heart attack-like chest pain.

Panic attacks are most likely to strike when you’re not at home. They’re so horrible that people often avoid going out to reduce their risk of having another.

How is anxiety treated?

The NuGen Wellness Center team uses therapy or a combination of therapy and medication to treat anxiety.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is particularly useful for anxiety as it focuses on helping people manage their daily lives. Your therapist enables you to identify faulty or unrealistic thoughts that worsen your anxiety and change them.

Patients with mild to moderate anxiety usually respond well to talk therapy, but some, especially those with more severe symptoms, might also require medication. Anti-anxiety drugs help regulate the chemicals in your brain that are in short supply when you have anxiety, reducing the severity of your symptoms.

To find out how you can overcome anxiety with the NuGen Wellness Center team’s expert help, call the office or book an appointment online today.