Psymplicity Healthcare is a specialist provider of bespoke anxiety treatments. Our psychiatrists work closely with you to understand the cause for the fears and worries caused by anxiety and provide you with the tools you need to overcome them, and lead a fulfilling life. We provide in-depth consultation, either in person at our Harley Street psychiatry clinic, or online via video consultation. We are currently offering an initial 85 minute online assessment at a rate of £395, which includes a prescription and a tailored treatment plan.
Anxiety is a normal emotion we experience when we are faced with stressful situations. However, having excessive anxiety about everyday situations, which in many cases can be largely disproportionate to the situation or instance causing it, can be difficult.
If you are suffering from persistent worry and fear, or if you are experiencing repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror, it could mean that you are suffering from an anxiety disorder. While mild anxiety can be troubling but largely manageable, severe anxiety may affect your daily life, if left untreated. It can disrupt your relationships with loved ones, it can hold you back from professional and academic advancement and prevent you from leading your life to the best of your abilities.
Although the impact of anxiety disorder may sound worrisome, please do understand that anxiety disorder is very common, affecting a large number of people across the world, and most importantly, if you are suffering from anxiety, it is important to know that it is treatable. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, anxiety can sometimes be treated without any medical treatment, by making lifestyle changes to help you cope with your feelings. If you find your anxiety levels are hindering you from leading a normal life, or you are constantly experiencing anxiety panic attacks, seeking help from trained health professionals could prove to be extremely beneficial. Psymplicity’s experts will help you cope with these feelings and enable you to lead a healthy, happy life.
Symptoms for anxiety can differ from person to person, and so can their severity. Each individual tends to exhibit different symptoms, with some displaying just 1 or 2 symptoms, and others suffering from more. While anxiety disorder does tend to affect mental health, in some cases, it can also manifest in the form of physical symptoms as well.
The most common signs of anxiety disorder are:
The causes of anxiety disorders can be rather complicated. While some triggers can directly cause the condition, others lead to the condition being developed when another cause is also present. The most common factors that can cause anxiety disorders are:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder: This type of disorder causes persistent and excessive anxiety over regular everyday events and activities. The intensity of anxiety is disproportionately high with respect to the event or the situation. You may find it hard to control your worry, and it may even manifest in the form of physical symptoms. Generalised Anxiety Disorder often occurs along with other anxiety disorders or depression.
Panic Disorder: This type of anxiety disorder is often characterised by sudden attacks of intense terror, often leading to uncontrollable physical reactions such as shaking, dizziness, nausea and may even affect your breathing. Panic attacks can occur out of nowhere or maybe in response to a particular trigger, and they may even last for a few minutes or sometimes even for hours.
Phobias: This condition is characterised by extreme irrational fear over a situation, creature, place, or object. Exposure to the triggering element can cause panic attacks, and if you are suffering from this condition, it is highly likely that you have structured your life in a way that keeps you away from anything that could potentially trigger your fears. This can cause you to refrain from living your life fully, as you are constantly in fear and thereby limit your activities and interactions, based on the cause for your phobia.
Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia): A common type of Phobia, Social Anxiety Disorder is characterised by high levels of anxiety over social interactions and situations. If you do suffer from this condition, you are constantly avoiding social interactions even with a small number of people, sometimes even with your friends and family, because you probably feel embarrassed or are concerned about others having a negative opinion of you.
Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder: Substance abuse and withdrawal can result in increased instances of anxiety attacks.
OCD: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental health condition that causes recurring negative thoughts and repetitive distressing behaviours you cannot control. If you suffer from OCD, you experience obtrusive, unwanted thoughts which result in unreasonable fears, causing you to perform certain acts in response to these fears.
PTSD: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a type of anxiety disorder caused by a traumatising event that you may have been involved in or have witnessed in the past. It can cause you to have nightmares, flashbacks, and avoid situations that could possibly trigger memories related to the event.
Diagnosis of anxiety disorder includes a series of tests that need to be performed to determine the severity of the condition. A trained mental health professional will suggest specific tests to understand and analyse your unique symptoms before recommending a suitable treatment plan.
The procedures for Anxiety Disorder diagnosis include the following, but please do note that based on your condition, you may not be required to undergo all of them and the doctor may suggest only a few of the below procedures:
The process of anxiety disorder diagnosis helps you to understand the intensity of the condition, and prepare for the next step in your journey to recovery, finding the right treatment.
Once your condition has been diagnosed, a trained mental health professional will be able to help design a suitable treatment for you. Treatment for anxiety disorders is determined based on the severity of your condition, the effect this condition has on your daily activities and the impairment caused to your normal life.
At Psymplicity, our caring mental health professionals have years of expertise dealing with patients suffering from anxiety disorders. They will ensure you receive a bespoke treatment plan that will help you best cope with the condition and lead a fulfilling, happy, healthy life.
Treatment for anxiety disorders may include one of the following methods or a combination of the two:
Psychotherapy: Cognitive behavioural therapy is the best form of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders, especially Generalised Anxiety Disorder. This process would involve you speaking to our caring therapists who will provide you with the required tools to reduce your anxiety symptoms. During your treatment, we will help you to manage your fears and worries and gently help you get back on a path to activities and situations that you previously avoided due to the condition.
Medications: While there are different types of anxiety medications available, it is not necessarily a given that you will require them for treatment. Your doctor will assess your conditions, closely monitor your progress and may decide to prescribe medications if they feel you could benefit from them.
Apart from the above treatments, you would also greatly benefit from leading a healthy lifestyle, which can help bring down the intensity of your anxiety. Making modifications to your daily life by creating a consistent routine that includes regular exercise and sufficient rest, following a healthy diet, cutting back on caffeine, minimising or completely avoiding alcohol and smoking can make a big difference and help you to manage your condition.