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Anxiety Specialist

J. Wesley Earley, MD, MBA -  - Direct Primary Care

Cornerstone Family Medicine

J. Wesley Earley, MD, MBA

Direct Primary Care located in Washington, NC

Intense feelings of anxiety can have a devastating impact on your quality of life. If you’re struggling with overwhelming fear, worry, or nervousness, family care physician J. Wesley Earley, MD, and the compassionate team at Cornerstone Family Medicine can help. Dr. Earley can help you understand the underlying cause of your anxiety and offer personalized solutions to improve your symptoms so you can regain control of your life. To schedule a confidential consultation, call the office in Washington, North Carolina to request an appointment today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

It’s normal to feel anxious now and then, but ongoing feelings of worry or fear can indicate that you have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders affect children, teens, and adults. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, such as:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Phobias 
  • Panic disorder 
  • Social anxiety disorder

An anxiety disorder can interfere with your social interactions, your work performance, and your ability to perform everyday tasks. This can lead to a reduced quality of life and may have an impact on your physical health over time.

Which symptoms indicate an anxiety disorder?

Different anxiety disorders have their own set of traits, but most types of anxiety do share some common symptoms. Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Digestive issues

Emotional symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Overwhelming feelings of nervousness or fear
  • Fear or worry that’s out of proportion to the situation
  • Worst-case scenario thinking
  • Indecisiveness
  • Difficulty coping with uncertainty
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to relax
  • Perceiving safe situations as dangerous

Avoiding social situations and certain activities that produce anxious feelings can also indicate the presence of an anxiety disorder.

How can a doctor address anxiety?

When you see Dr. Earley for anxiety, he begins with a comprehensive physical exam, which may include blood work and other tests to rule out any health conditions that might contribute to your symptoms. He also carefully reviews your medical history and discusses your anxiety symptoms with you in detail.

Once Dr. Earley determines that you have an anxiety disorder, he recommends a personalized care plan to help you understand your anxiety triggers and cope with your anxious emotions. 

Your custom treatment plan may include:

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Stress-reduction techniques
  • Prescription medications

Anti-anxiety medications can help reduce your anxiety symptoms, allowing you to work and function normally in your daily life. Many patients who suffer from anxiety also experience depression. If you’re experiencing symptoms of depression, Dr. Earley may also recommend antidepressant medication.

If you’re suffering from debilitating anxiety, the team at Cornerstone Family Medicine can help. Don’t hesitate to schedule a confidential consultation today. Call the office to request an appointment.