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Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine is a group of psychiatrists in Augusta County, VA specializing in the treatment of mood and thought disorders, major depression, PTSD, Bipolar disorder, and Schizophrenia. The psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine are passionate about creating a program of care that’s the perfect fit for you. That’s why we offer comprehensive care to all of our patients through group therapy, single therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy.

At some point or another in our lives, we will also experience anxiety, whether it’s about a big life event coming up, fears about a relationship, or for a number of other reasons. However, if feelings of anxiety become a common occurrence and begin to impact your day-to-day life, then you may have an anxiety disorder. Fortunately, therapy and/or medication can help many people with anxiety disorders manage their anxiety.

One of the more common types of anxiety disorders is generalized anxiety disorder or GAD. Those experiencing GAD “display excessive anxiety or worry, most days for at least 6 months, about a number of things such as personal health, work, social interactions, and everyday routine life circumstances. The fear and anxiety can cause significant problems in areas of their life, such as social interactions, school, and work” (NIMH). If you think that you may have GAD, it’s a good idea to talk to a mental health professional about your symptoms and about your options to help alleviate these symptoms.

Panic disorder is another common type of anxiety disorder. Those who experience panic disorder repeatedly have panic attacks, which are sudden and unexpected instances of intense fear. Some symptoms of these panic attacks include heart palpitations, sweating, and trouble breathing. Again, if you experience panic attacks, it’s best to speak with a psychiatrist about these attacks and how to prevent and manage them in the future.

Another common anxiety disorder is social anxiety disorder, which is an extreme fear centered around social interaction. People experiencing social anxiety disorder often avoid social interactions because of their fears and anxiety. A mental health professional can help you work through these feelings of anxiety.

If you believe that you are experiencing an anxiety disorder and you live in Augusta County, VA, call the psychiatrists at Shenandoah Psychiatric Medicine.