Anxiety that gets out of control can significantly affect your life. If you constantly feel anxious or experience attacks of extreme fear, talk to Dr. Kristin Tubre at Tubre Psychological Services LLC in Zachary, Louisiana. Experienced clinical psychologist Dr. Tubre offers compassionate support and therapy to help you overcome anxiety and regain emotional control. Call Tubre Psychological Services LLC or request an in-person or telehealth appointment online today to get expert help with anxiety disorders.

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When is anxiety a mental health problem?

Feeling anxious occasionally is normal — everyone has fears, worries, and stress in their lives. However, these emotions shouldn’t be so severe or continual that they prevent you from leading a happy, rewarding life.

With generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), anxiety is ever-present. Your fears are all-encompassing and affect everything you do. You may hide away from people, places, experiences, and anything that worsens your anxiety.

People with phobias don’t suffer from this continual anxiety. Instead, they experience peaks when exposed to something they’re terrified of. Phobia subjects are typically creatures, objects, or situations, such as spiders, clowns, or heights. Usually, the fear you feel far outweighs any possible threat these things pose.

Social anxiety disorder is a phobia focused on being with others. You likely feel self-conscious and embarrassed, and afraid of their negative judgments. Social anxiety disorder symptoms can worsen if you’re going through a stressful period or have other health problems.

How can I tell if my anxiety is out of control?

If you constantly feel anxious or experience peaks of anxiety that affect how you lead your life, you should visit Tubre Psychological Services LLC for an evaluation. A clear sign that you need help for anxiety is experiencing panic attacks, which cause:

  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations (pounding heart)
  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Hot flashes
  • Paresthesia (numbness and tingling typically in the limbs or lips)

More severe reactions involve vasovagal presyncope (almost fainting) and syncope (fainting). You may develop chest pain and shortness of breath that mimics a heart attack.

Panic attacks can occur at any time if you have GAD. With a phobia, the trigger is facing the object of your fear. People who have panic attacks often isolate themselves because they want to avoid further incidents.

What can I do when anxiety is disrupting my life?

Dr. Tubre has considerable experience helping people with anxiety disorders. She uses proven counseling techniques like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you cope with the challenges you encounter each day.

Dr. Tubre designs an integrated, eclectic treatment plan for every patient personalized to their individual needs. Where necessary, she can refer you to trusted clinicians for anti-anxiety drugs to assist your recovery.

Call Tubre Psychological Services LLC today or request an appointment online for expert help with anxiety disorders.