Anxiety Specialist

It’s normal to experience anxiety at times, especially in stressful situations. But if your anxiety seems overwhelming and difficult to control, you may have an anxiety disorder. At West Houston Internal Medicine in Katy, Texas, Dr. Karen Thampoe is experienced in diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders to help you feel better and prevent anxiety from disrupting your life. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more about effective anxiety treatments.

Anxeity Q & A

West Houston Internal Medicine Associates, LLC

What is anxiety?

An anxiety disorder is a serious medical condition that causes unexplained worry or fear that persists or worsens over time. Anxiety disorders can negatively affect your work life, personal life, and relationships with others.

While it’s normal to feel worried and fear in certain situations — it’s your body’s natural response to a perceived threat — anxiety causes excessive and often irrational worry that doesn’t resolve on its own.

Anxiety may occur in specific situations, or you may experience generalized anxiety with no apparent cause.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety affects children and adults in different ways. You may experience excessive worry about people or events, even when nothing is wrong. These fears and worries are uncontrollable and interfere with your daily life.

Other common symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder include:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Persistent fatigue
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle soreness or pain
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

You may also experience problems with your gastrointestinal system, including frequent nausea and constipation.

What are the complications of anxiety?

If you have an untreated anxiety disorder, you may be at an increased risk for additional physical and mental health issues, including:

  • Depression
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Bowel problems
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal thoughts

Symptoms of anxiety can cause you to withdraw from your friends and family and may result in problems functioning at work or school. Your quality of life may deteriorate without medical intervention.

What treatments are available for anxiety?

Dr. Thampoe performs diagnostic testing and discusses your symptoms in detail to determine if you have an anxiety disorder. She also performs a physical exam to rule out underlying health conditions.

If Dr. Thampoe determines you have an anxiety disorder, she creates a customized treatment plan to help you manage your symptoms. If anxiety is causing a disruption in your life, she may prescribe medications such as anti-anxiety drugs or antidepressants.These medications are taken daily and require several weeks before they become fully effective.

Dr. Thampoe regularly monitors the effects of these medications, and she may recommend changes to your prescription during follow-up visits, increasing or decreasing dosages as needed.

Book an appointment online or call West Houston Internal Medicine to find an effective treatment for your anxiety.

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