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We found 3 providers with an interest in anxiety and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO near Lake Geneva, WI.

Joseph A Fairbanks
Specializes in Counseling
146 E Geneva Square
Lake Geneva, WI
 

Mr. Joseph Fairbanks works as a counselor. Clinical interests for Mr. Fairbanks include terminal illness, anger management, and depression. He takes several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and APS Healthcare.

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Dr. Daniel M Christy, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
146 E. Geneva Square
Lake Geneva, WI
 

Dr. Daniel Christy works as a psychologist in Lake Geneva, WI and Delavan, WI. These areas are among his clinical interests: self-harm, depression, and pain management. Dr. Christy accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, APS Healthcare, and more.

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Dr. Rakesh J Shah, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Psychiatry, Neurophysiology
146 E. Geneva Square
Lake Geneva, WI
 

Dr. Rakesh Shah is a specialist in pediatric psychiatry and neurophysiology. He works in Burlington, WI and Lake Geneva, WI. His areas of expertise include the following: phobias, substance abuse, and anger management. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and APS Healthcare, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Shah's residency was performed at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Shah (or staff) speaks Gujarati and Hindi. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Aurora Lakeland Medical Center and Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington.

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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.