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Cathyann Simmons
Specializes in Other, Counseling
5300 Perrysville Road; 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Ms. Cathyann Simmons practices counseling. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, person-centered therapy, and adjustment disorders. Ms. Simmons takes Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Phobias, Dissociative Disorders, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Psychotherapy Treatment, Group ... (Read more)

Dr. Rameshwari Rao, PhD
Specializes in Group Therapy, Child Psychology
2100 Wharton Street; Suite 610
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Dr. Rameshwari Rao's areas of specialization are group therapy and child psychology; she sees patients in Pittsburgh, PA. Her clinical interests include depression, narrative therapy, and person-centered therapy. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. In addition to English, Dr. Rao speaks Telugu.

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All Interests: Depression, Phobias, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Eating Disorders, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Object ... (Read more)

Michael John Connelly, MEd
Specializes in Counseling
226 Paul Street; Suite 212
Pittsburgh, PA
 

Mr. Michael Connelly specializes in counseling and practices in Pittsburgh, PA. His clinical interests include alcohol abuse, behavior therapy, and body dysmorphic disorder. He is an in-network provider for Blue Shield, Blue Cross, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. Mr. Connelly is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology, Counseling
520 Washington Road
Mount Lebanon, PA
 

Dr. Wendy Weaver-Graham's areas of specialization are psychology and counseling; she sees patients in Mount Lebanon, PA and Pittsburgh, PA. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, humanistic psychotherapy, and dialectical behavior therapy. Dr. Weaver-Graham is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has an open panel.

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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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