Anxiety Disorders

Flash Gordon, MD -  - Primary Care Physician

Ross Valley Medical

Flash Gordon, MD

Primary Care Physician & Medical Aesthetics Center located in Greenbrae, CA

Feeling anxious is a normal part of life, but if your anxiety starts to affect your mood and daily life, you may suffer from clinical anxiety disorder. Around 19% of Americans struggle with anxiety every year, but you don’t have to be part of this statistic. Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d., has helped countless patients in Greenbrae, California, and environs understand the cause of their anxiety and address their symptoms. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment and start your treatment today.

Anxiety Disorders Q & A

What is an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety is a normal response to stress, but if you experience long periods of uncontrollable anxiety at frequent intervals, you may suffer from an anxiety disorder. 

If you have an anxiety disorder, you experience extreme levels of stress and worry about everything from your work to your relationships with others and your well-being. There are many different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, and separation anxiety.

What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

If you have an anxiety disorder, you’re in a state of constant worry. Additionally, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Feeling restless
  • Easily tired
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleeping too much or too little

Anxiety disorder is a real and severe condition. If you don’t treat it, you may develop panic attacks or other, more complicated mental health disorders. Untreated anxiety also raises your chances of developing digestive disorders, asthma, heart disease, and other chronic issues.

How do you treat anxiety disorders?

Ross Valley Medical: flash gordon m.d. uses a combination of medication and counseling to treat patients with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be a standalone issue, the result of other mental health disorders, or the result of physical anomalies. Dr. gordon determines your treatment based on your individual needs and the causes of your disorder.

If counseling alone isn’t enough, Dr. gordon may prescribe medication. Dr. gordon works with you to find the right medications to help.

MTHFR

In recent years, studies have suggested that anxiety some disorders are linked to a mutation of your MTHFR gene. MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. People with an MTHFR mutation are at higher risk of developing an anxiety disorder. 

Dr. gordon provides genetic testing to check for the MTHFR variant. If you have it, he prescribes treatments to address the mutation and any resulting anxiety disorder.

To learn more about testing and treatments that Dr. gordon provides to treat anxiety, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.