Integrative psychiatry for anxiety is more than medications to blunt your nerves.
Instead of masking symptoms, we will work to uncover potential root causes so that we can find long-term solutions.
Anxiety Treatment with the Proactive Approach℠
With anxiety, holistic psychiatry treatments means selecting choices that are tailored to your individual needs based on you as a whole person. This might include nutrition and exercise counseling, supplementation, and stress-reduction planning.
& Biological Testing
The internal processes of our bodies can significantly impact how we manage anxiety as well as our disposition to anxiety. By taking a look under the surface with lab work and genetic screening, we are better equipped to choose treatment options that work.
& Coaching Support
Learning to effectively cope in times of stress or anxiety is liberating. We will work to construct new ways of thinking, positive coping mechanisms, and meaning behavioral changes that propel progress in lasting ways.
Simple Treatment Plans
Simplification is key to managing potentially complex situations. With anxiety, adding fuel to the fire doesn't help much. Together we will work to keep out treatment plan simple, yet effective so that you can focus on healing.
Do anxiety medications work?
Anxiety medications, also known as anxiolytics, can be effective for treating anxiety in many individuals. Also, it is important to consider non-medications solutions for anxiety, too.
Benzodiazepines, SSRIs, SNRIs, and beta-blockers are different types of medications used to treat anxiety. Benzodiazepines work by enhancing GABA activity in the brain, while SSRIs and SNRIs increase the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine. Beta-blockers are helpful in reducing the physical symptoms of anxiety.
It's important to work with a provider to determine the best treatment plan for your individual needs, including whether medication is necessary and which medication may be most suitable. At Proactive Psychiatry, treatments may include medication, but medications should be used in conjunction with therapy and lifestyle changes to address the underlying causes of anxiety.
Are anxiety medications safe to take?
Anxiety medications can be safe to take when used in the manner they were prescribed and under the guidance of a professional. However, like all medications, anxiety medications can have potential side effects and risks.
Benzodiazepines are type of medication commonly used to treat anxiety, but they can be habit-forming and may lead to addiction or dependence. They can also cause drowsiness, dizziness, and impaired coordination. Moreover, long-term use of benzodiazepines has been linked to cognitive impairment and an increased risk of cognitive decline. This is why benzodiazepines should primarily be used on a short-term basis.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are another type of medication used to treat anxiety. These medications are less likely to cause dependence or addiction, but they can have side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and sexual dysfunction. Like any medication, it's important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of anxiety medications with your provider. They can help determine which medication may be most appropriate for your specific situation and monitor you for any potential side effects.
Integrative psychiatry for anxiety uses medication as a part of the treatment solution, but not the only solution. There are underlying factors like nutritional deficits, physical imbalances, and other considerations that can play a role in anxiety. This is why at Proactive Psychiatry we treat anxiety holistically and not with a monolithic approach.
Are supplements effective for anxiety?
Some supplements may help to reduce anxiety symptoms. Additionally, supplements can interact with medications or have potential side effects, so it's important to talk to a provider before adding any supplements to your routine.
With integrative psychiatry at Proactive Psychiatry, we will work to incorporate healthy nutrition, physically activity, routines, and behaviors into treatment. Supplements are also often used and can be very effective means of providing extra cushion when used properly.
Some supplements that may help to reduce anxiety symptoms include:
1. Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3s are found in fish oil and may help to reduce inflammation and promote healthy brain function.
2. Magnesium: Magnesium is an essential mineral that can help to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety symptoms.
3. L-theanine: L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that may help to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation.
4. Valerian root: Valerian root is an herbal supplement that may help to reduce anxiety symptoms and promote relaxation.
5. Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that may help to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms.
Supplement effectiveness may vary from person to person. It's always a good idea to speak with a healthcare provider before taking any supplements or making changes to your treatment plan. The most successful treatment plans for anxiety long-term include holistic treatments outside of medication.
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