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Anxiety Specialist

Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center

Naturopathic Medicine & Nutritionist located in Norwalk, CT & Southbury, CT

If constant worry, fear, and anxiousness negatively affect your life, help is within reach at Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. Naturopathic physician Shyron Alston, ND, offers a variety of holistic treatments for anxiety so you can enjoy life to its fullest. Call the office to book an appointment or schedule one online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a mental health condition that causes you to feel anxious, fearful, or nervous in situations that don’t bother most other people. It can lead to problems at school, at work, or in relationships. If anxiety negatively affects you or a loved one, see Dr. Alston for an evaluation. 

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Common symptoms that can happen with anxiety include:

  • Feeling tense, fearful, or nervous
  • Restlessness
  • Sense of panic, doom, or danger
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trembling or sweating
  • Sleeping problems
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Problems controlling worry
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Ongoing aches and pains

With anxiety, you might go out of your way to avoid things that trigger unpleasant symptoms, which can diminish your lifestyle and well-being. If you struggle with anxiety, you may also experience depression, substance abuse, social isolation, or suicidal thoughts.

What are the risk factors for anxiety?

Anxiety can happen to anyone, but some things increase your risk of experiencing it. Examples include:

  • Traumatic experiences
  • Ongoing illnesses
  • Certain personality traits
  • Stress buildup
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Personal or family history of anxiety
  • Other mental health disorders

Visit Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center if anxiety interferes with your quality of living or you have thoughts of harming yourself.

How does my doctor diagnose anxiety?

To find out if you have anxiety and how severe it is, Dr. Alston discusses your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. She checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, and may recommend you undergo blood tests if needed. 

What are common anxiety treatments?

Common treatments for anxiety available at Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center include:

Lifestyle changes

Changing up certain aspects of your routine can alleviate anxiety symptoms. Examples include getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, eating nutritious foods, and practicing relaxation techniques. 

Counseling

Counseling, or talk therapy, teaches you ways to cope with anxiety in a healthy way, which often reduces unpleasant symptoms and helps you thrive at work or school.  

Dietary supplements

Taking certain dietary supplements can improve your overall health and wellness and may reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. 

Botanical medications

Dr. Alston may recommend you try botanical medications for relief.

To find out if you have anxiety or get treatment for it, call the Be Balanced Naturopathic Care Center office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.