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Anxiety Specialist

Venice Sanchez, MD

Psychiatrist & Addiction Psychiatrist located in Newport Beach, CA

Anxiety disorders affect about 18% of adults aged 18-54 each year in the United States. If overwhelming anxiety interferes with your daily activities, work, or personal relationships, you may have an anxiety disorder. For long-lasting relief from debilitating anxiety, visit Venice Sanchez, MD, at her practice in Newport Beach, California. She has extensive experience providing holistic treatment for all types of anxiety. To make an appointment, call Dr. Sanchez or schedule online today.

Anxiety Q&A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety, characterized by feelings of worry, nervousness, or fear, happens to everyone now and then. Such feelings arise naturally in response to stress, confusion, or difficult situations, and then dissipate when the issue has been resolved. 

However, an anxiety disorder involves intense, overwhelming emotions of anxiety that don’t ever really go away. 

Feeling afraid, nervous, or worried all of the time can take a toll on your self-confidence and your ability to manage daily tasks. Anxiety can affect your work or school performance, prevent you from participating in social activities, and affect the way you relate to other people. 

Over time, an anxiety disorder can lead to physical health problems.

Types of anxiety disorders include:

  • Social anxiety disorder (fear of social interaction)
  • Panic disorder (frequent panic attacks)
  • Specific phobias, such as fear of flying, insects, or needles 

The most common type of anxiety, known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), involves persistent, anxious feelings about almost all aspects of your life. 

What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety?

The primary symptoms of anxiety are overwhelming feelings of worry, nervousness, or fear. Each type of anxiety disorder has unique characteristics, but some additional symptoms are present in most anxiety disorders. These include:

  • Agitation
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Digestive problems

Other mental health conditions, such as depression or substance abuse, often occur alongside anxiety disorders. In addition, if you don’t address your anxiety, you could experience physical health issues such as gastrointestinal disorders, chronic respiratory diseases, or heart conditions.

Which treatments help with anxiety?

Dr. Sanchez takes a holistic approach when addressing anxiety, considering your life circumstances, financial situation, family, and other aspects of your life. 

Then, based on your individual needs, she designs a personalized treatment plan by combining therapeutic techniques such as talk therapy, medication, nutritional or lifestyle changes, and spiritual development. 

Dr. Sanchez works with you to help you understand the underlying cause of your anxiety and develop healthy coping strategies, so you can regain your ability to participate and enjoy all that life has to offer. 

Don’t wait to get expert help for anxiety. Call Venice Sanchez, MD, or make an appointment online today.