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Anxiety Specialist

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine

Neurophysical & Behavioral Medicine located in Irvine, CA & West Los Angeles, CA

Anxiety is a normal emotion you may experience under challenging situations, such as relationship conflicts, work deadlines, or day-to-day pressures. However, for some, anxiety is severe and debilitating. Since 1980, Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine in Irvine and West Los Angeles, California, has been helping people struggling with debilitating anxiety using innovative non-drug methods, including biofeedback and neurofeedback. To schedule an appointment to learn more about your non-drug treatment options for anxiety, call the office today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is how your body responds to stressful situations. Anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. However, if your anxiety is severe and causes you to feel excessive worry, fear, or nervousness when engaged in normal activities, then you may have an anxiety disorder. 

Types of anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Specific phobias
  • Selective mutism
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine provides innovative, non-drug treatments for all types of anxiety disorders. 

What are anxiety symptoms?

Anxiety symptoms vary in type and severity. Common symptoms include:

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Irritability
  • Feeling on edge
  • Emotional overreacting
  • Racing thoughts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Debilitating fear
  • Excessive worrying
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Social avoidance
  • Low self-image
  • Unrelieved or chronic self-doubt
  • Inner restlessness
  • Phobias
  • Substance abuse (self-medicating symptoms)

Anxiety also affects physical health and may cause symptoms such as digestive problems, muscle tension, headaches, or high blood pressure. 

Anxiety in children may present as physical symptoms, such as frequent stomach aches or headaches, as well as behavioral changes such as fear of separation, refusal to go to school, or temper tantrums.

What can I expect during an anxiety evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive exam during an anxiety evaluation at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine. During your exam, your provider uses state-of-the-art biofeedback and brain map-guided neurofeedback instrumentation. 

The innovative tools measure muscle tension, brainwave activity, hand temperature (measuring sympathetic nervous system activity for the “fight or flight” response), and galvanic response (sweat gland activity in your fingers). 

Your provider also measures and monitors heart rate variability, which is used to help improve homeostasis of your autonomic nervous system, which controls the body functions you don’t think about, like your blood pressure and heart rate. 

How is anxiety treated?

Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine creates custom-tailored treatment plans based on the information gathered during your evaluation. 

Treatment for anxiety includes:

Biofeedback treatment

The biofeedback instrumentations used at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine measure physiological levels of tension below your normal awareness. 

With biofeedback treatment, your provider teaches you how to achieve a deeper level of physiological relaxation that helps heal your anxiety disorder. 

Brain map-guided neurofeedback therapy

With brain map-guided neurofeedback therapy, your provider at Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine enables you to gain control over your anxiety symptoms through self-regulation. 

The process teaches you how to shift your autonomic nervous system out of the “fight or flight” state, which dramatically reduces symptoms.

Your anxiety treatment plan may also include counseling or psychotherapy.

To gain control over your anxiety disorder without medication, call Drake Institute of Behavioral Medicine to book an appointment today.