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Anxiety And Panic Therapy Specialist

Barbara J. Novak, MD

Psychiatrist located in Bethesda, MD

Dr. Barbara Novak is a Board Certified psychiatrist who specializes in treatment options designed to address anxiety issues. Dr. Novak's office is located in Bethesda and is conveniently close to Rockville, Travilah, Potomac, Cabin John, McLean, Tysons, Pimmit Hills, Woodland Acres, Falls Church, Arlington, Washington, Chevy Chase, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Garrett Park.

Anxiety and Panic Therapy Q & A

What are Common Symptoms of Anxiety?

Anxiety affects people in many different ways. Some can handle it with ease, while others can be overcome to the point that functioning efficiently is out of the question. Anxiety is often characterized by extreme nervousness and worry, while panic escalates with physical symptoms of shaking, sweating profusely, rapid heartbeat, and difficulty breathing. Unavoidable situations that can cause a person to feel as if they are no longer in control can lead to severe cases of anxiety and panic attacks. With proper psychiatric treatment, individuals who have been diagnosed with anxiety and other panic-related disorders can begin to live a more normal, less stressful life.

How is Anxiety Treated?

Psychiatrists evaluate the patient's condition and may prescribe psychotherapy to better understand the underlying psychological issues contributing to the anxiety. Conflicts occur in life for which there may be no discernable solution, especially when aspects of the conflict are outside of one’s full awareness. This can create high levels of anxiety. Some people may benefit from understanding their reactions to certain situations (like social situations as an example) so they can enjoy improved coping skills to better prepare them to handle whatever difficulties may come up in daily life.Certain types of anxiety are caused by reactions in the brain that a person cannot control on her own. Anti-anxiety medications may also be prescribed that help to keep stress and anxiety levels low and under control, while freeing up energy that can be used to explore issues in therapy.

Can Problems with Anxiety Lead to Other Health Issues?

Problems with anxiety can lead to a variety of other health issues. Individuals who suffer from high anxiety and panic disorders may also have problems with asthma, digestive issues, and headaches or other types of migraine pain. Over the long term, heart health can also be affected. Each individual handles stress and anxiety in her own way. The problem is that when anxiety is left untreated, it can begin to affect other parts of the body as well as one’s sense of well-being. With proper medical care, the doctor can help her patients regain self-confidence, bringing into awareness the obstacles contributing to the anxiety.This helps patients overcome the anxiety from taking over and controlling their lives.