Compass Mental Health & Wellness

Integrated Psychiatric and Family Medicine Practice & Psychiatric Mental Health Care located in Houston, TX

An estimated 31% of women and men in the United States have experienced an anxiety disorder sometime during their lives. Overwhelming feelings of anxiety can cause self-doubt, poor work performance, and difficulty relating to others. They can make you avoid social events and other activities that trigger your feelings of nervousness or fear. Luciana Thompson, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC at Compass Mental Health & Wellness offers compassionate, integrative solutions to help children, teens, and adults manage their anxiety. To schedule an evaluation, call the office in North Houston, Texas, or book online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Worry, nervousness, and fear are natural emotions that everyone has from time to time. Sometimes, however, these feelings become intense, persistent, and overwhelming. If your anxious emotions interfere with your daily activities or personal life, you might have an anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety comes in many forms, such as social anxiety, specific phobias, or panic disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder doesn’t center around one particular trigger, but involves near-constant feelings of anxiety that arise without an apparent cause.

Children, teens, and adults all experience anxiety. More women have anxiety disorders than men.

What are common anxiety symptoms?

Intense feelings of anxiety that affect almost every aspect of your life characterize an anxiety disorder. Anxiety changes how you perceive the world. It can significantly interfere with your quality of life when it damages school or work performance and prevents you from socializing and completing everyday tasks.

The most common physical signs and symptoms of anxiety include:  

  • Irritability or agitation
  • Problems concentrating
  • Digestive issues
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating, trembling, or shaking

Anxiety increases your risk for other mental health conditions, such as depression, PTSD, and substance abuse. Over time, anxiety can lead to physical health complications like high blood pressure.

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety disorders don’t have a single cause. A variety of factors can contribute to anxiety, including stress, financial trouble, and childhood or adult trauma. In addition, brain chemistry and genetics can increase your risk of anxiety.

How is anxiety treated?

The caring team at Compass Mental Health & Wellness designs personalized treatment plans to address anxiety. Your mental health professional targets the root cause of your anxiety while also focusing on improving your overall health and wellness. 

Custom treatment plans use counseling techniques, natural remedies, and pharmaceuticals. Your comprehensive anxiety treatment may include:

  • Counseling
  • Medication management
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Sleep analysis
  • Exercise recommendations
  • Nutritional counseling

Working closely with your provider, you develop healthier strategies to cope with your anxious emotions and learn techniques that allow you to respond calmly to triggering situations. Gradually, you regain control over your anxiety and your life improves for the better.

If you or your child struggles with anxiety, call Compass Mental Health & Wellness to schedule a confidential evaluation or book online today.


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