We found 6 providers with an interest in anxiety and who accept Private Healthcare Systems near Shawnee Mission, KS.

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Ashley Kimmel, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine, General Practice
4.99 Average rating 4.99 stars out of 5 (443 ratings)
Address: 12210 87th St Pwy, Lenexa, KS
Clinical Interests: anxiety
Dr. Kathryn E. Cameron DO
Specializes in Family Medicine
3.92 Average rating 3.92 stars out of 5 (9 ratings)
Address: 7301 Frontage Road, Merriam, KS 66214
Clinical Interests: anxiety
Dr. William S. Ritter MD
Specializes in Interventional Cardiology, Adult Cardiology
4 Average rating 4.0 stars out of 5 (2 ratings)
Address: 9119 74th Street, Merriam, KS 66204
Clinical Interests: anxiety
Terry D. Suppes DO
Specializes in Family Medicine, Geriatrics (Elderly Care)
Address: 5151 Troost Av, Kansas City, MO
Clinical Interests: anxiety
Dr. Pamela Anne Darby-Mullins PH.D.
Specializes in Psychology
Address: 9229 Ward Pwy, Kansas City, MO
Clinical Interests: anxiety
Andrea M. Froese FNP-BC
Specializes in Family Medicine
Address: 5151 Troost Av, Kansas City, MO
Clinical Interests: anxiety
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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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