Most people experience moments of anxiety due to normal life stresses. But, if anxiety interferes with your everyday activities, you may be suffering from a generalized anxiety disorder that would benefit from medical care. At Buffington Family Medicine in Keller, Texas, Dr. Ryan A. Buffington has extensive experience in helping manage anxiety disorders. If you feel anxiety that prevents you from living the life you want, call the Buffington Family Medicine office or use the online booking agent to set up a consultation.
If you feel consumed by worry or experience panic attacks, you may have an anxiety disorder. Consider if you have any of the following symptoms:
Physically, anxiety can manifest as trouble sleeping, muscle tension, trembling, nervousness, nausea, irritable bowel syndrome, and sweating.
Adults, teens, and children can suffer from anxiety disorders. You may suspect anxiety in your children or teen if you notice a change in their school performance, or if they lack confidence, spend excessive time doing homework, have frequent physical complaints, or avoid school and social situations.
Normal life stresses can cause occasional anxiety. But, some people have a personality that is simply more prone to developing a full-blown anxiety disorder. People with anxiety disorders sometimes have differences in their brain chemistry, too. Anxiety disorders can be inherited from others in your family or result from specific trauma in your life.
Consider seeking treatment if you feel like worry is consuming your life and interfering with work and social relationships. You may also seek help if you try to allay feelings of anxiety with drugs or alcohol. You need treatment immediately if you have any suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
At Buffington Family Medicine, Dr. Buffington will see you during your first visit. They are known to take their time to understand the social, physical, and environmental factors that may influence your state of mind. A combination of medications, lifestyle changes, and therapy can help you manage your condition.
If you feel overly anxious, call Buffington Family Medicine today to seek support.