Anxiety

Anxiety Specialist
Everyone experiences anxiety every now and then. However, when anxiety becomes so severe or chronic that it interferes with your quality of life, it’s time to seek professional intervention. Dr. Wilfred McKenzie and Dr. Rona McKenzie of McKenzie Medical Associates, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida have helped countless men and women overcome anxiety with custom treatment plans.

Anxiety Q & A

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What’s the difference between chronic anxiety and just feeling nervous?

Everyone feels anxious from time to time, and in most cases, that anxiety is related to specific life events, like a new job, moving to a new area, relationship issues, or other problems. Those with chronic anxiety disorders feel anxiety at a level that’s out of proportion with any “real” threat or problem. Their anxiety is severe enough to interfere with normal activities and their quality of life. Some people with anxiety disorders have panic attacks or find it very difficult to participate in seemingly simple activities, making it difficult to form long-lasting relationships. There are different types of anxiety disorders. General anxiety disorder is associated with widespread feelings of anxiety or fear, while other types like separation anxiety or agoraphobia, may be associated with specific activities or situations. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is another type of anxiety disorder that can develop after an especially harrowing event.

What symptoms are associated with chronic anxiety disorders?

People with anxiety disorders may experience symptoms like:

  • Persistent worry, fear, or nervousness
  • Sense of doom or danger
  • Nausea
  • Sweaty or clammy skin
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting
  • Rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • Rapid breathing
  • Mood changes or crying
  • Difficulty focusing on issues other than the feelings or cause of anxiety

Can anxiety affect my health in other ways?

Yes, studies have shown anxiety, and the stress it causes can take a serious toll on your health. For instance, people who have anxiety are more likely to have cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks and strokes. They’re also more likely to have high blood pressure, respiratory illnesses, chronic headaches, depression, and gastrointestinal disorders, like ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia. Plus, chronic anxiety can lower your body’s immune responses, so you’re more prone to colds and flu, and you’re more likely to have problems sleeping. People who have chronic anxiety are also more likely to abuse alcohol and drugs.

How do the doctors at McKenzie Medical Associates treat anxiety?

Anxiety can be effectively treated with medications to help relieve excessive anxiety and depression, which often goes hand-in-hand with anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy can also be helpful in teaching you new ways to cope and helping you learn healthier behaviors and responses. Dr. McKenzie will work with you to design a program that addresses your specific needs and changes over time.

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