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Worrying is a normal part of life. Most of us might worry that we left the stove on after going on a trip, or be concerned about a pet’s health as they get older. But if you have an anxiety disorder, you may find yourself overwhelmed by a sense of worry, panic or dread on a regular basis. Unlike the normal anxiety that we all experience from time to time, these feelings arise in response to normal situations and are excessive, persistent and disruptive to daily life; with an anxiety disorder, it can be difficult to function or accomplish your goals.

At Achieve Medical Center, we know the toll that anxiety disorders can have on your mental wellness. Our team of psychiatrists and expert clinicians can help you overcome the effects of anxiety and take back control of your life with comprehensive treatment plans tailored to your needs. We recognize that each patient is unique and therefore utilize a diverse array of diagnostic tools to ensure a complete and well-rounded therapeutic approach tailored for you.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are mental health conditions that create feelings of stress, panic or worry in response to everyday situations. The anxiety that arises is highly distressing and often disproportionate to what’s happening; it can make even routine tasks difficult to complete and negatively impact your career, health and personal relationships. While some people may struggle with social anxiety or panic attacks, others may be affected by phobias or obsessive behaviors — anxiety disorders come in all shapes and sizes but can decrease your quality of life no matter what form they take. If left untreated, symptoms can worsen over time and may lead to co-occurring conditions like depression or substance abuse.

Common Anxiety Disorders

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized anxiety disorder is a chronic anxiety disorder that results in constant feelings of stress, worry, restlessness and anxiety. These symptoms can be debilitating if left untreated, but GAD responds well to a combination of therapy and medication. 

Social Anxiety Disorder / Social Phobia

Social anxiety is a very isolating disorder, creating feelings of fear, worry and self-consciousness in social situations. Symptoms may be limited to specific scenarios or arise in any social setting but can prevent an individual from going out, gathering with friends or participating in public events and activities regardless.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is similar to generalized anxiety disorder, but with the addition of recurring panic attacks — highly distressing episodes of extreme fear, worry and dread that can be accompanied by physical symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath and nausea. Panic attacks are often debilitating and can occur suddenly without warning, impacting the ability to function or take care of daily responsibilities.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Once known as shell shock, post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health disorder often associated with veterans and survivors of trauma. But PTSD can affect anyone who’s witnessed or been through a traumatic or terrifying experience, from domestic violence and sexual abuse to a serious accident or natural disaster. Symptoms of PTSD include severe anxiety and depression, flashbacks, recurring nightmares, feelings of guilt or shame and trouble sleeping. If left untreated, PTSD symptoms can intensify over time and make it difficult to function normally.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder that compels an individual to perform certain repetitive tasks or rituals to decrease feelings of distress. While engaging in these behaviors can provide temporary relief from anxious symptoms, doing so can become disruptive and interfere with daily life. 


Phobias are a persistent and irrational fear of particular objects, situations or other stimuli. Being exposed to the phobia trigger can be immobilizing and cause extreme distress that’s difficult to manage. Unlike other anxiety disorders, phobias are focused on something specific, such as a fear of heights (acrophobia), small spaces (claustrophobia) or escalators (escalaphobia).

How Are the Symptoms of Anxiety Treated?

Anxiety disorders are often treated with a combination of medication and therapy, but the clinical experts at Achieve Medical Center will develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs. The right strategy for each individual depends on a number of factors, so our team will conduct a comprehensive psychiatric assessment and utilize a variety of diagnostic tools to determine the right approach for you. Everything from your personal preferences, experiences, medical history and whether any co-occurring disorders are present will be considered during this process to ensure the best care possible. 

Psychotherapy is often the cornerstone of anxiety disorder treatment, which includes techniques like talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. This approach can help identify harmful thoughts or beliefs that may contribute to feelings of anxiety and make it easier to recognize the onset of symptoms. Psychotherapy is often used in combination with anti-anxiety medications, which can alleviate sudden or chronic symptoms and allow patients to calm down so they can process their emotions.

Other techniques such as neurofeedback, nutrition therapy and medication management may also be used for a well-rounded approach to treating anxiety disorders. Holistic modalities like yoga, meditation and mindfulness can also be used to complement your treatment plan.

What is the Best Treatment for Anxiety?

There is no “right way” to treat or manage your anxiety disorder — what works for you may not work for another patient, and vice versa. Some patients may even need more than one treatment to manage their symptoms and restore balance to their lives.

At Achieve Medical Center, we know that each patient is unique and treat them as a whole, rather than just addressing their symptoms. By combining the expertise of our clinicians with thorough assessments, individualized treatment planning and long-term recovery goals, our goal is to help you find lasting relief from your anxiety symptoms. Throughout your treatment, your progress will be monitored closely and adjustments can be made as necessary to ensure that you get the most out of each therapeutic experience.

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Achieve Medical is committed to providing the highest-quality treatment for anxiety disorders and other mental health conditions. With locations in San Diego; La Jolla; Temecula; Carlsbad; Eastlake/Chula Vista; and Palm Desert, California; locations in Beaverton; Clackamas; and Portland, Oregon; and locations in Anchorage; Wasilla; and Fairbanks, Alaska, you can find the care you need no matter where you are. To learn more about anxiety disorder treatment at Achieve Medical Center, click to request a consultation, or call us today at (858) 427-5060.

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