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What is Clinical Anxiety?

Occasional feelings of anxiety are a normal part of life. Some people experience higher levels of anxiety before a job interview or a significant life event. For most people, these feelings are temporary and resolve on their own. For others, the feeling of anxiety is constant and disruptive to their daily life.

Clinical anxiety, or generalized anxiety disorder, is characterized by excessive anxiety or worry that persists for at least six months. People with an anxiety disorder may avoid people and situations that trigger their anxious thought patterns. Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include feeling restless or irritable, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating or sleeping, excessive worrying, and depression.

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Social Anxiety Disorder

Signs and Symptoms

Social anxiety disorder is a mental health condition that affects about 15 million people in the US. Scientists describe anxiety as an overactive fight or flight mechanism in the brain. People with social anxiety disorder experience intense fear of social situations and constantly worry that people are judging them. People with social anxiety often avoid meeting new people, report feeling extremely self-conscious, and are afraid to do even everyday things like eating and drinking in front of people. This fear of social situations can be so debilitating that it disrupts daily life.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Signs and Symptoms

Separation anxiety is a completely normal stage of development in infants and toddlers. Most children outgrow their separation anxiety by the age of 3. For some children, their symptoms don't resolve and they may need to be treated for separation anxiety disorder. Children experiencing separation anxiety disorder may exhibit symptoms including excessive distress about being away from loved ones or caregivers, refusing to be separated from their caregiver, distressing dreams about separation, complaints of stomach aches or headaches, and excessive worry about losing their caregiver.

Panic Disorder

Signs and Symptoms

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by recurrent and unexpected episodes of intense fear. These episodes often include physical symptoms including panic attacks, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, chest pain, and dizziness. Most patients who experience this type of anxiety disorder are not able to pinpoint a clear stressor or trigger for their panic episodes. These panic attacks may happen anywhere without warning. Panic disorder is more common in women than in men and typically starts in early adulthood.
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Ketamine Offers Hope for Mental Health Disorders

How Ketamine Can Help With Anxiety

“Ketamine can play an important role in the treatment of anxiety disorders,” according to Prakash Masand, MD, co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Centers of Psychiatric Excellence (COPE).

There are many different types of treatments available for anxiety disorders. These include everything from psychotherapy to SSRI’s to even acupuncture, herbs, and supplements. For many patients, these treatments are not effective in reducing their symptoms. 

For these patients, ketamine therapy can be a viable option. Ketamine therapy is known for its antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects. In fact, ketamine has been studied and shown to be effective with an array of anxiety disorders. At Mind Balance Infusions, we take a holistic, patient-first approach to health care. We will work with you to determine the best treatment protocol for you based on your unique situation and symptoms.

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