Anxiety Specialist

Pacifica Care of Suncoast

Psychiatrists located in Punta Gorda, FL

If you’re living with an anxiety disorder, your worries and fears disrupt your life and prevent you from doing the things you love. Fortunately, with treatment from Dr. Laura Tait and the compassionate team at Pacifica Care of Suncoast in Punta Gorda, Florida, you can learn to recognize your thoughts and respond to them in different and healthier ways. If anxiety is getting in the way of your life, call or make an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

Pacifica Care of Suncoast

What is anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious or worried every now and then, but when your thought become intrusive and cause disruptive behaviors, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders manifest in different ways and there are several different classifications of this mental health disorder.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder is one of the most commonly diagnosed forms of the disorder. It’s characterized by persistent and severe fears and worries that lead to behavioral changes that disrupt your life.

Panic disorder

Panic disorder is characterized by panic attacks, which are periods of overwhelming fears and physical symptoms like palpitations, sweating, shaking, and chest tightness or pain. Panic attacks can be so severe that you might feel like you’re having a heart attack or losing control. A panic attack can be triggered by a specific event or be completely unexpected.

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder is triggered by interactions with others and is characterized by fears of humiliation, rejection, or other awkward social interactions. If you have social anxiety disorder, you may avoid social settings and have specific fears about public speaking or meeting new people.

Phobias

A phobia is an excessive fear of a specific object or situation that isn’t generally harmful. You may know that your fear is excessive but not be able to control your response to your thoughts and feelings.

What are symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety disorders cause a wide range of emotional and physical symptoms that vary in severity including:

  • Feeling frightened, nervous, or tense
  • An impending sense of doom
  • Poor concentration
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Avoidance behaviors, like avoiding social situations or confrontation
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sweating and shaking
  • Gastrointestinal problems

How is anxiety treated?

At Pacifica Care of Suncoast, treatment for anxiety disorders is highly customized to address your specific needs. Psychotherapies, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), are a common part of anxiety treatment. CBT can help you learn to recognize your thoughts and feelings so you are better able to respond to those worries with healthier and more constructive behaviors.

In addition to the work you do while in a CBT session, you’ll have homework to do between each appointment. This may involve exercises where you expose yourself to an anxiety trigger so you can practice techniques you learn in your sessions to recognize and analyze your thoughts and control your responses.

Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today if anxiety is getting in the way of your life.