Anxiety Specialist

Family Medical Center

Family Medicine & Lifestyle Medicine located in Ringgold, GA

If you live with constant anxiety, you’re not alone — approximately 40 million adults in the United States live with an anxiety disorder. Derek Heldzinger, MD, and the team at Family Medical Center in Ringgold, Georgia, treat anxiety with customized and patient-focused programs designed to resolve the underlying issues contributing to your condition. To get help with anxiety, call Family Medical Center, or request a consultation online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety includes a group of mental health disorders that cause pervasive and often disproportionate worries and fears that can interfere with your quality of life. For example, general anxiety disorder is the most common type of anxiety disorder. If you have general anxiety disorder, you might have intrusive negative thoughts and fears about day-to-day situations like work, family, health, or routine chores. 

Other types of anxiety include:

  • Panic disorder
  • Separation anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Specific phobias

It’s normal to feel nervous or fearful from time to time. An anxiety disorder causes intrusive negative thoughts and feelings that get in the way of your ability to function normally and are out of proportion to the real risk. 

What are the signs of anxiety?

In addition to the pervasive and intrusive fears, anxiety causes a variety of mental and physical symptoms, including:

  • Mental, emotional, and physical tension
  • Sense of impending danger
  • Inability to control worry
  • Urge to avoid triggers
  • Rapid heart rate and respiration
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Reduced concentration
  • Gastrointestinal problems

You might also experience panic attacks. Panic attacks are episodes when you experience several severe physical symptoms. Many people think they’re having a heart attack when they have a panic attack. 

How is anxiety treated?

At Family Medical Center, the team follows the Neil Nedley™ approach to identify the root cause of your anxiety. They create customized wellness programs designed to address what’s causing your anxiety and enhance your overall health. 

Your treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation where the 10 categories outlined by Nedley are assessed to confirm your anxiety diagnosis and its root causes. The 10 categories that may contribute to anxiety include:

  • Genetic
  • Developmental
  • Lifestyle
  • Circadian rhythm
  • Addiction
  • Nutrition
  • Toxic
  • Social/complicated grief
  • Medical condition
  • Frontal lobe

Following your assessment, the team at Family Medical Center recommends an outpatient community-focused program or an inpatient boot camp. During your treatment, the team offers comprehensive therapies to address your mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health while also resolving the root cause of your anxiety. 

If anxiety interferes with your ability to function and your quality of life, call Family Medical Center or request an appointment online today.