Tucson Anxiety Therapist

Everyone has experienced anxiety at some point in their lives. It’s a natural response to triggers like workplace stress or marital troubles. However, when anxiety persists, bleeding into daily life and affecting habits and decision making, it becomes a psychiatric disorder that should be managed with the help of a Tucson psychiatrist like Dr. Julia DiPierdomenico.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, and each cause unique symptoms. However, with any type of anxiety, an individual may experience persistent symptoms that interrupt work, school, relationships, and other aspects of daily life. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are manageable conditions.

Tucson Anxiety Therapist

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Types of Anxiety Disorders

Dr. DiPierdomenico has experience treating all major types of anxiety disorders offering medication management as well as anxiety counselling. Learn more below.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

GAD is defined by anxiety symptoms that have occurred for a period of six months or longer. Symptoms can include an ongoing sense of worry without a clearly defined cause, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, muscle tension, difficulty sleeping, and feeling wound up or on edge. Sudden outbursts and mood swings may also occur with GAD.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is often mischaracterized in popular culture. It is a common anxiety disorder indicated by recurrent unwanted thoughts and repetitive, compulsory behaviors. For example, obsessing over the presence of germs and washing the hands excessively throughout the day can be a sign of OCD. In this case, washing the hands would provide temporary relief from anxiety, but the habit may be so frequent that the skin on the hands begins to crack and peel. When compulsive behaviors—even those with negative side effects—are not performed in a regular ritual, anxiety can spike dramatically.

Panic Disorder

Panic attacks may be isolated events. However, for individuals with panic disorder, they are a regular occurrence brought on by a variety of triggers. Having a panic attack can feel like a heart attack. In addition, a panic attack may cause feelings of impending doom or a loss of control. Regular panic attacks may significantly disrupt daily routines and cause difficulty working, maintaining relationships, or attending school.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is most commonly associated with veterans, but it can occur in any individual who has been exposed to a situation in which physical harm took place or was threatened. With PTSD, an individual may experience dramatic physical and mental reactions, particularly when reminded of the events that triggered the disorder. For example, the victim of a physical assault may have a violent reaction to a T.V. show in which a character is held at gunpoint.

Social Anxiety Disorder

With social phobia or social anxiety disorder, everyday interactions with others can cause significant stress and fear. Social anxiety may only apply to specific situations, such as speaking in public or attending large group gatherings. However, it can also be so severe that it prevents an individual from regularly leaving home.

Anxiety Help & Treatment

Anxiety Help & Treatment

Treating anxiety disorders is a complex process. It may include medications to reduce anxiety symptoms as they occur or to be taken daily. Medication management is just one element of Dr. DiPierdomenico’s approach. She will also utilize psychodynamic therapy to help identify anxiety triggers and manage them in daily life. The first step is scheduling an initial psychiatric evaluation to determine the right course of treatment for your individual needs.