Anxiety

American Acupuncture Academy

SaTerra Vishnu, DOM, AP

Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Integrative Medicine Practitioner & Electrodiagnostic Medicine located in Mount Dora, FL

At American Acupuncture Academy in Mount Dora, Florida, SaTerra Vishnu, DOM, AP, understands that your mental health is just as important as your physical health — and that the two are closely linked. That’s why he offers dedicated treatment for anxiety. If being anxious is a pervasive feeling in your life, call American Acupuncture Academy or make your appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

It’s normal to feel anxious on occasion, particularly when you’re going to be doing something that makes you nervous. But if you live with a persistent sense of worry you can’t shake or you have episodes of panic that get in the way of your daily life, you could be living with an anxiety disorder. 

Anxiety disorders often exhibit mental symptoms including:

  • Stress
  • Worry
  • Trouble concentrating
  • A pervasive feeling that something bad will happen

These symptoms are often accompanied by physical ones, including:

  • Hyperventilation or other breathing problems
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Fatigue

It’s also common for people with anxiety to avoid things they feel will heighten their anxiety, such as social situations.  

What are the different types of anxiety?

There are many types of anxiety disorders. The most common are:

General anxiety disorder (GAD)

If you have more days where you feel worried than days that you don’t, you might have GAD. This disorder often leaves you feeling on edge, worn out, tense, and irritable. It can get in the way of your ability to perform daily tasks or to enjoy activities you used to like. 

Phobia-related anxiety disorders

Some anxiety disorders are characterized by a fear of something specific. Some phobia-related anxiety disorders include:

  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Agoraphobia

A phobia-related anxiety disorder causes you to feel intense anxiety when encountering the thing you fear and may cause you to avoid it altogether. 

Panic disorder

This type of anxiety disorder exhibits as panic attacks. These are sudden-onset, brief episodes of intense anxiety. Symptoms of a panic attack include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble breathing
  • Shaking
  • Sweating

During a panic attack, it’s also common to feel like you’ve lost control or that something horrible will happen. 

How is anxiety treated?

At American Acupuncture Academy, Dr. Vishnu takes a holistic approach to treating your anxiety. Rather than just prescribing medication and hoping it helps you feel normal, he works with you to improve your mental health and your overall well-being.

In addition to lifestyle changes like a nutritionally balanced diet, Dr. Vishnu offers acupuncture to treat your anxiety. Studies have shown that this ancient Chinese treatment helps minimize symptoms for people with anxiety disorders. 

If you’re interested in learning more about how Dr. Vishnu can use natural treatments to help alleviate your anxiety, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.