We found 4 providers with an interest in anxiety and who accept BlueOptions Essential 1419 near Fort Myers, FL.

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Dr. Stephen Patrick Schengber, PsyD
Specializes in Psychology
12600 Creekside Lane; Suite 7a
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. Stephen Schengber's area of specialization is psychology. These areas are among Dr. Schengber's clinical interests: depression, infertility, and education consultation. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. He is open to new patients.

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Specializes in Counseling
1400 Colonial Boulevard; Suite 253
Ft Myers, FL
 

Ms. Melinda Messina practices counseling. Ms. Messina's areas of expertise include the following: infidelity issues, dialectical behavior therapy, and dissociative disorders. She is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Neuropsychology
1950 Courtney Drive; Suite 2
Fort Myers, FL
 

Dr. David Geiser specializes in neuropsychology. His areas of expertise include acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioral medicine, and depression. Dr. Geiser takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish. He welcomes new patients.

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Specializes in Social Work
8192 College Parkway; Suite 50
Fort Myers, FL
 

Ms. Diane Colonnello specializes in social work and practices in Fort Myers, FL. Her clinical interests include depression, codependency, and anxiety. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Colonnello takes.

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All Interests: Depression, Codependency, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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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.
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