Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA
Board Certified Psychiatrist located in Jacksonville, FL
If you have feelings of fear or worry that aren’t going away, or are getting worse, you might have an anxiety disorder. At his clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, board-certified psychiatrist Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, has more than 20 years experience treating men and women of all ages with anxiety-related disorders. To find relief from your symptoms, call Dr. Madkaiker or schedule an appointment online today.
Anxiety Q & A
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of fear or apprehension that’s considered a healthy response to stress. However, if these feelings become extreme, interfere with your life, or last longer than six months, they might indicate an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of emotional disorder. There are several types of disorders that fall under this category, including:
- Panic disorders
- Social anxiety disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Approximately 18% of adults in the United States have an anxiety disorder, as do 8% of teenagers and children. While these disorders can occur in any person at any age, women are affected in higher numbers than men.
What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?
While anxiety symptoms vary from person to person and also depending on the specific disorder you have, common physical and emotional symptoms include:
- Twitches or tremors
- Extreme fear or terror
- Fatigue or headaches
- Difficulty concentrating
- Challenges falling asleep
- Restlessness or irritability
- Irrational thoughts or worry
- Rapid heart rate or breathing
- Frequent diarrhea or urination
- Sweating, nausea, or upset stomach
For some people with anxiety disorders, their symptoms become so severe they’re debilitating.
What causes anxiety disorders?
Genetic and environmental factors come together to create anxiety disorders. These disorders often run in families and are typically linked to traumatic events like death, chronic illness, violence, or abuse.
In some cases, underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, thyroid problems, or chronic pain can trigger anxiety symptoms.
How are anxiety disorders diagnosed and treated?
Dr. Madkaiker performs a full evaluation to diagnose your condition, including a full physical examination and lab tests, as well as discussing your personal and family medical histories.
Based on your diagnosis, Dr. Madkaiker might recommend a variety of treatments, including:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy or other forms of psychotherapy
- Medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications
- Complementary approaches like relaxation techniques and stress management
Anxiety disorders often appear with other mental health conditions, including depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Dr. Madkaiker personally works with to ensure you receive the most comprehensive, highest-quality care available.
To find out how to manage your anxiety, call Satyen Madkaiker, MD, FAPA, or schedule an appointment online today.