We found 2 providers with an interest in anxiety and who accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield near Virginia Beach, VA.

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Dr. James F. Lassiter ABPP, PH.D.
Specializes in Family Therapy, Child Psychology
228 N Lynnhaven Road; Suite 107
Virginia Beach, VA
 

Dr. James Lassiter works as a family therapist and pediatric psychologist in Virginia Beach, VA and Suffolk, VA. These areas are among his clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Lassiter accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Optima Health. He welcomes new patients.

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William L. Mulligan PHD
Specializes in Psychology
average rating 1.5 stars (2 ratings)
1604 Hilltop West Executive Center; Suite 318
Virginia Beach, VA
 

Dr. William Mulligan's specialty is psychology. Dr. Mulligan's clinical interests include depression, behavior therapy, and domestic abuse. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Optima Health. He is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Men's Health Issues, Substance Abuse, Sleep Disorders, ... (Read 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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