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Anxiety treatment by Psychiatrist in Destin Fort Walton Beach FL Jerzy Grzebieluch MD

Phobias
“Fear” is the normal response to a genuine danger. With phobias, the fear is either irrational or excessive. It is an abnormally fearful response to a danger that is imagined or is irrationally exaggerated. People can develop phobic reactions to animals (e.g., spiders), activities (e.g., flying), or social situations (e.g., eating in public or simply being in a public environment). Phobias affect people of all ages, from all walks of life, and in every part of the world.

Symptoms

Phobias are emotional and physical reactions to feared objects or situations. Symptoms of a phobia include the following:

  • Feelings of panic, dread, horror, or terror
  • Recognition that the fear goes beyond normal boundaries and the actual threat of   danger
  • Reactions that are automatic and uncontrollable, practically taking over the person’s thoughts
  • Rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, and an overwhelming desire to flee the situation—all the physical reactions associated with extreme fear
  • Extreme measures taken to avoid the feared object or situation

Phobias are divided into categories according to the cause of the reaction and avoidance.

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is the fear of being alone in any place or situation where it seems escape would be difficult or help unavailable should the need arise. People with agoraphobia may avoid being on bridges, busy streets or in crowded stores. Some people with agoraphobia become so disabled they literally will not leave their homes. If they do, it is only with great distress or when accompanied by a friend or family member.Symptoms usually develop between […]

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Andidepressants Timeline

 

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Antidepressants Timeline

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Panic Attack treatment by Psychiatrist in Fort Walton Beach FL Jerzy Grzebieluch MD

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder

A panic attack, the core feature of panic disorder, is a period of intense fear or discomfort that strikes suddenly, often in familiar places, where there is seemingly nothing threatening an individual. But when the attack comes, it feels as if there is a real threat, and the body reacts accordingly. The discomfort and sense of danger the attack brings is so intense that people with panic disorder often believe they are having a heart attack or other life-threatening illness.

Panic attacks are usually classified as being part of panic disorder if they occur more than once and are accompanied by at least four of the following symptoms:

• Sweating
• Shortness of breath
• Rapid or pounding heart beat
• Chest pain
• Feeling unsteady
• Choking or smothering sensations
• Numbness or tingling
• Chills or hot flashes
• Faintness
• Trembling or shaking
• Nausea or abdominal pains
• Feeling unreal or disconnected
• Fear of losing control, “going crazy,” or dying

Unchecked Panic: A “Triple A” Threat

Panic attacks are the psychological event most likely to motivate a person to seek medical attention. However, if told nothing is wrong or that the problem is psychiatric, the patient may feel frustrated or embarrassed and not seek further help. This can result in three serious consequences:

Anticipatory anxiety
This condition is triggered by thinking about the possibility of having a panic attack. […]

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Panic Attack treatment by Psychiatrist in Destin FL Jerzy Grzebieluch MD

Panic Attack and Panic Disorder

A panic attack, the core feature of panic disorder, is a period of intense fear or discomfort that strikes suddenly, often in familiar places, where there is seemingly nothing threatening an individual. But when the attack comes, it feels as if there is a real threat, and the body reacts accordingly. The discomfort and sense of danger the attack brings is so intense that people with panic disorder often believe they are having a heart attack or other life-threatening illness.

Panic attacks are usually classified as being part of panic disorder if they occur more than once and are accompanied by at least four of the following symptoms:

• Sweating
• Shortness of breath
• Rapid or pounding heart beat
• Chest pain
• Feeling unsteady
• Choking or smothering sensations
• Numbness or tingling
• Chills or hot flashes
• Faintness
• Trembling or shaking
• Nausea or abdominal pains
• Feeling unreal or disconnected
• Fear of losing control, “going crazy,” or dying

Unchecked Panic: A “Triple A” Threat

Panic attacks are the psychological event most likely to motivate a person to seek medical attention. However, if told nothing is wrong or that the problem is psychiatric, the patient may feel frustrated or embarrassed and not seek further help. This can result in three serious consequences:

Anticipatory anxiety
This condition is triggered by thinking about the possibility of having a panic attack. Once this develops, anticipatory anxiety can […]

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Depression treatment Psychiatrist in Crestview, Duke Field FL Jerzy Grzebieluch MD

Depression Statistics

  • More than 1 out of 20 Americans 12 years of age and older reported current depression in 2005–2006.1
  • The following figure presents the percentage of persons 12 years of age and older with depression by demographic characteristics (age, sex, race and Hispanic origin) based on NHANES data from 2005–2006.1

Percentage of persons 12 years of age and older with depression by demographic characteristics: United States, 2005–2006.

Reference:

  1. Pratt LA, Brody DJ. Depression in the United States household population, 2005–2006. NCHS Data Brief. 2008(7):1–8.

Burden of Mental Illness 

  • According to the World Health Organization, unipolar depression was the third most important cause of disease burden worldwide in 2004. Unipolar depression was in “eighth place in low-income countries, but at first place in middle- and high-income countries.”1
  • In a nationally representative face-to-face household survey, 6.7% of U.S. adults experienced a major depressive episode in the past 12 months.2
  • Significantly greater percentages of lifetime major depression have been reported among women (11.7%) than men (5.6%).3
  • Examining ethnic differences reveals lifetime percentages of depression of 6.52% among whites and 4.57% among blacks and 5.17% among Hispanics.4
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Depression treatment by Psychiatrist in Fort Walton Beach , FL Jerzy Grzebieluch MD

Depression Statistics

  • More than 1 out of 20 Americans 12 years of age and older reported current depression in 2005–2006.1
  • The following figure presents the percentage of persons 12 years of age and older with depression by demographic characteristics (age, sex, race and Hispanic origin) based on NHANES data from 2005–2006.1
 

Percentage of persons 12 years of age and older with depression by demographic characteristics: United States, 2005–2006.

Reference:

  1. Pratt LA, Brody DJ. Depression in the United States household population, 2005–2006. NCHS Data Brief. 2008(7):1–8.

Burden of Mental Illness 

  • According to the World Health Organization, unipolar depression was the third most important cause of disease burden worldwide in 2004. Unipolar depression was in “eighth place in low-income countries, but at first place in middle- and high-income countries.”1
  • In a nationally representative face-to-face household survey, 6.7% of U.S. adults experienced a major depressive episode in the past 12 months.2
  • Significantly greater percentages of lifetime major depression have been reported among women (11.7%) than men (5.6%).3
  • Examining ethnic differences reveals lifetime percentages of depression of 6.52% among whites and 4.57% among blacks and 5.17% among Hispanics.4
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Anxiety treatment by Psychiatrist in Destin, Fort Walton Beach Jerzy Grzebieluch MD

What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

“I always thought I was just a worrier. I’d feel keyed up and unable to relax. At times it would come and go, and at times it would be constant. It could go on for days. I’d worry about what I was going to fix for a dinner party, or what would be a great present for somebody. I just couldn’t let something go.”

“I’d have terrible sleeping problems. There were times I’d wake up wired in the middle of the night. I had trouble concentrating, even reading the newspaper or a novel. Sometimes I’d feel a little lightheaded. My heart would race or pound. And that would make me worry more. I was always imagining things were worse than they really were. When I got a stomachache, I’d think it was an ulcer.”

“I was worried all the time about everything. It didn’t matter that there were no signs of problems, I just got upset. I was having trouble falling asleep at night, and I couldn’t keep my mind focused at work. I felt angry at my family all the time.”

All of us worry about things like health, money, or family problems. But people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are extremely worried about these and many other things, even when there is little or no reason to worry about them. They are very anxious about just getting through the day. They think things will always go badly. At times, worrying keeps people with GAD from doing everyday tasks.

Causes

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Depression treatment in older adults

 

Depression

Everyone feels blue now and then. It’s part of life. But, if you no longer enjoy activities that you usually like, you may have a more serious problem. Feeling depressed without letup can change the way you think and the way you experience emotions. Doctors call this clinical depression.

Being “down in the dumps” over a period of time is not a normal part of getting older. But, it is a common problem, and medical help may be needed. For most people, depression gets better with treatment. Counseling (talk therapy), medicine, or other treatments can ease the pain of depression. You do not need to suffer.

There are many reasons why depression in older people is often missed or untreated. As a person ages, the signs of depression vary more than those of a younger person. Sometimes older people who are depressed appear to feel tired, have trouble sleeping, or seem grumpy and irritable. Confusion or attention problems caused by depression can sometimes look like Alzheimer’s disease or other brain disorders. Mood changes and signs of depression can be caused by medicines older people may take for arthritis, high blood pressure, or heart disease. The good news is that people who are depressed usually feel better with the right treatment.

What Causes Depression?

There is no one cause of depression. For some people, a single event can bring on the illness. Depression often strikes people who felt fine but who suddenly find they are dealing […]

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Depression treatment in Crestview, Niceville FL Psychiatrist Jerzy Grzebieluch MD

Depression treatment in older adults

 

Depression

Everyone feels blue now and then. It’s part of life. But, if you no longer enjoy activities that you usually like, you may have a more serious problem. Feeling depressed without letup can change the way you think and the way you experience emotions. Doctors call this clinical depression.

Being “down in the dumps” over a period of time is not a normal part of getting older. But, it is a common problem, and medical help may be needed. For most people, depression gets better with treatment. Counseling (talk therapy), medicine, or other treatments can ease the pain of depression. You do not need to suffer.

There are many reasons why depression in older people is often missed or untreated. As a person ages, the signs of depression vary more than those of a younger person. Sometimes older people who are depressed appear to feel tired, have trouble sleeping, or seem grumpy and irritable. Confusion or attention problems caused by depression can sometimes look like Alzheimer’s disease or other brain disorders. Mood changes and signs of depression can be caused by medicines older people may take for arthritis, high blood pressure, or heart disease. The good news is that people who are depressed usually feel better with the right treatment.

What Causes Depression?

There is no one cause of depression. For some people, a single event can bring on the illness. Depression often strikes people who felt fine but who suddenly find they are dealing with a […]

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