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We found 4 providers with an interest in anxiety and who accept Blue Cross near La Jolla, CA.

Dr. Wayne Allen Bardwell, PhD, MBA
Specializes in Psychology
3252 Holiday Court; #109
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Wayne Bardwell's specialty is psychology. Dr. Bardwell's clinical interests include behavioral medicine, crisis intervention, and depression. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
8950 Villa La Jolla Drive; Suite B225
La Jolla, CA
 

Dr. Wendy Tayer works as a psychologist. Her areas of expertise include the following: behavioral medicine, depression, and behavior therapy. Dr. Tayer is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Dr. Neda Khodaparast, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology, Counseling
5252 Balboa Avenue; Suite 204, Office 1
San Diego, CA
 

Dr. Neda Khodaparast works as a psychologist and counselor in San Diego, CA. These areas are among her clinical interests: adoption issues, child abuse, and depression. Dr. Khodaparast takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is conversant in Persian. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Family Therapy
8950 Villa La Jolla Drive; Suite B214
La Jolla, CA
 

Ms. Hermin Youssefian's area of specialization is family therapy. Clinical interests for Ms. Youssefian include domestic abuse, existential psychotherapy, and phobias. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna, as well as other insurance carriers. She speaks Persian.

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a generic name given to a variety of conditions characterized by unusual amounts of fear and worry, especially unrealistic fears and tension. People who suffer from anxiety often are aware that their fears are irrational, but that knowledge does not make the feeling of being scared and anxious go away. To qualify as anxiety, symptoms must last for 6 months or more and interfere with the way a person lives their daily life. Some cases may be mild, where, for example, a person simply avoids certain situations. Other cases can be severe enough to be disabling.

Some of the specific conditions covered under the general label of anxiety include:
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Social phobia
  • Panic disorder

Collectively, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issues diagnosed in the United States -- even more common than depression. Women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with anxiety, and it is extremely common for a person with anxiety to have another illness at the same time, such as depression, a physical illness, or substance abuse.

Treatment for anxiety usually involves medication and psychotherapy together. Medications used may include antidepressants (which also work for anxiety), anti-anxiety medications, or beta blockers (which can be used to control the physical symptoms of anxiety). Psychotherapy can be useful to teach patients new ways of thinking and reacting so that they can manage their feelings of worry and fear. Support groups can also be very effective for anxiety, and they can be a form of treatment themselves for social phobias. Stress management, relaxation techniques, and meditation all help reduce feelings of anxiety or of being out of control. Finally, having a strong support network of family and friends is an excellent way to help manage the difficulties of life with anxiety.