Anxiety Specialist

Narmin Aliji, M.D. -  - Adult and Child Psychiatrist

360 Psychiatry

Narmin Aliji, M.D.

Adult and Child Psychiatrist located in Santa Monica, CA

Anxiety is something most people may feel at some point in their lives. When it becomes a major problem for you, though, you can turn to Dr. Narmin Aliji at 360 Psychiatry in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Aliji works with you to find the sources of anxiety while creating solutions that include a holistic approach to its management. Call the office for an appointment or book online to get started on your anxiety management plan.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety occasionally pops up in almost everyone’s life. When it lingers enough to be classified as a disorder, anxiety’s effects include excessive and persistent worries about everyday situations, typically out of proportion with normal responses. Types of anxiety are grouped based on stimulus, and examples of anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Individual phobias provoking an anxiety response

You may have a hard time controlling feelings of stress and panic, and your reaction may last even after the anxiety trigger is gone. Reactions can sometimes occur suddenly, with intense fear and anxiety occurring in minutes, an episode called a panic attack.

What causes anxiety?

It’s not fully understood why anxiety turns into a disorder in some people and not others. In some cases, a significant event such as an assault or witnessing a traumatic event may form the basis for an anxiety response, the condition called post-traumatic stress disorder.

There are certain factors that increase your chances of developing anxiety disorders. These risk factors include:

  • Buildup of stress through one or more life situations, such as work stress, financial difficulties, your own or a loved one’s illness, or the death of someone close to you
  • Personality types that are more prone to anxious responses
  • Family history of anxiety disorders
  • Other mental health issues
  • Abuse of or withdrawal from alcohol or drugs

How is anxiety treated?

Treatment depends on the reasons behind the anxiety disorder. There are some situations where anxiety disorders result from a medical condition; therefore, treatment of the condition may relieve your anxiety problems as well.

Psychotherapy can be effective when there’s not a physical reason behind your condition. Cognitive behavioral therapy works well with anxiety disorders. Typically a shorter course of treatment, CBT builds skills to help you cope with anxiety responses and return to more normal response.

After a complete evaluation of symptoms, medications may also be indicated in treating anxiety disorders, including anti-anxiety drugs such as antidepressants.