We found 4 providers with an interest in anxiety and who accept MESSA near Birmingham, MI.

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Dr. Patricia Ann Plopa, PhD
Specializes in Psychology
4655 Pickering Rd. (200 Diversion, #10a; Rochester Hills 48301)
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Dr. Patricia Plopa's area of specialization is psychology. Her clinical interests include depression, infertility, and phobias. Dr. Plopa is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Cigna, Aetna, and Self-Pay/Uninsured. She is accepting new patients.

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Specializes in Psychology
625 Purdy Street
Birmingham, MI

Dr. Deborah Harms' specialty is psychology. In her practice, she is particularly interested in depression, anxiety, and couples therapy. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Cigna are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Harms honors. Her professional affiliations include St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System.

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All Interests: Depression, Anxiety, Couples Therapy, Grief, Personality Disorders

Specializes in Psychology
725 S Adams Road; Suite 244
Birmingham, MI

Dr. Mary Weatherston practices psychology in Birmingham, MI. These areas are among Dr. Weatherston's clinical interests: depression, life transitions, and stress management. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Self-Pay/Uninsured, and more. New patients are welcome to contact her office for an appointment.

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Specializes in Psychology
31815 Southfield; Suite 31
Birmingham, MI

Dr. Joel Harms' specialty is psychology. Clinical interests for Dr. Harms include crisis intervention, depression, and psychotherapy treatment. He is affiliated with St. John's Hospital and St. John Providence Health System. Dr. Harms is in-network for Cofinity, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, CIGNA Plans, and more.

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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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