We found 2 providers with an interest in anxiety and who accept Affinity Health Plan near Flushing, NY.

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Dr. Lynn F Birnbaum, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
23-50 Waters Edge Drive; Suite D
Bayside, NY
 

Dr. Lynn Birnbaum's specialty is psychology. Her areas of expertise include the following: crisis intervention, depression, and infertility. Dr. Birnbaum takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, and Self-Pay/Uninsured, in addition to other insurance carriers. She welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Ronglan Zheng, PhD, MD
Specializes in Physiatry
39-07 Prince Street; 4j
Flushing, NY
 

Dr. Ronglan Zheng's area of specialization is physiatry (physical medicine & rehabilitation). Areas of expertise for Dr. Zheng include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), menstrual disorders, and cancer supportive care. She honors several insurance carriers, including Amerigroup, Child Health Plus, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. She is a graduate of Fujian Medical University. In addition to English, Dr. Zheng (or staff) speaks Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish. She is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Queens.

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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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