We found 4 providers with an interest in anxiety and who accept Medicare near Asheville, NC.

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Dr. Rita Louise Christensen, PhD
Specializes in Group Therapy, Psychology, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Addiction Therapy
191 E Chestnut Street
Asheville, NC
 

Dr. Rita Christensen specializes in group therapy, psychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. Dr. Christensen accepts BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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Dr. Linda S Wilson, PhD
Specializes in Psychology, Counseling
31 College Place; Building C
Asheville, NC
 

Dr. Linda Wilson practices psychology and counseling. Dr. Wilson's patients gave her an average rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars. Her areas of expertise include depression, gestalt therapy, and humanistic psychotherapy. She honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Dr. James B Harrison, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
31 Clayton Street
Asheville, NC
 

Dr. James Harrison practices psychology in Asheville, NC. His areas of expertise include behavioral medicine, depression, and education consultation. He is an in-network provider for Magellan Health Services, Health Net, and Cigna, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Harrison is open to new patients.

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Dr. Hillary Mia Siedler, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
206 Merrimon Avenue; #1
Asheville, NC
 

Dr. Hillary Siedler practices psychology in Asheville, NC. Her clinical interests include alcohol abuse, behavior therapy, and child abuse. Dr. Siedler is in-network for Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is open to new patients.

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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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