We found 3 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 specialty is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Schengber include depression, infertility, and education consultation. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. New patients are welcome to contact his office for an appointment.

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

Dr. David Geiser practices neuropsychology in Fort Myers, FL. His areas of expertise include the following: acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioral medicine, and depression. Dr. Geiser takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. He is conversant in Spanish. Dr. Geiser has an open panel.

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

Ms. Diane Colonnello practices social work in Fort Myers, FL. Ms. Colonnello has a special interest in depression, codependency, and anxiety. She takes Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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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