Anxiety Treatment in Wichita Falls
Anxiety affects about 40 million adults in the U.S.
Nearly everyone experiences some form of anxiety. Whether it’s a new job or a tough conversation, we all get anxious. However, if anxiety keeps you from doing what you need and want to do, that’s a problem. Those who suffer from an anxiety disorder find many aspects of their lives disrupted and find some challenges nearly insurmountable.
Starting in the early 19th century, medical literature began to reevaluate anxiety. Since then, we’ve learned quite a few things about it.
- Anxiety is more common in women than in men. Women are twice as likely as men to experience anxiety disorders.
- Anxiety disorders often co-occur with other mental health disorders, such as depression and substance abuse.
- Anxiety disorders can significantly impact a person’s quality of life, including their physical health, relationships, and ability to function at work or school.
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, but only about one-third of people with anxiety disorders receive treatment.
- Anxiety disorders can be treated effectively with a combination of therapy, medication, and self-care strategies.
- Several types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias.
- The symptoms of anxiety disorders can vary, but common symptoms include excessive worry, restlessness, irritability, and difficulty sleeping
How Do I Know if I Have Anxiety?
There are several common symptoms of anxiety disorders, including:
- Excessive worry and fear: People with anxiety disorders often experience excessive worry and fear about everyday situations, such as work, school, or social events. This worry can be difficult to control and can interfere with daily activities.
- Restlessness and irritability: Anxiety can also cause restlessness and irritability, leading to difficulty concentrating and making decisions.
- Physical symptoms: Anxiety can also cause physical symptoms, such as a rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, sweating, and dizziness. These symptoms can be intense and can be mistaken for other medical conditions.
- Sleep problems: Anxiety can also cause problems such as difficulty falling or staying asleep. This can lead to fatigue and difficulty functioning during the day.
It’s also important to remember that everyone experiences anxiety differently. Some people may have only a few symptoms, while others may have many. The severity and frequency of symptoms can also vary from person to person.
How Does Ketamine Infusion Therapy Treat Anxiety?
Recent evidence points to ketamine’s inhibitory effects on the NMDA receptor in the lateral habenula. The lateral habenula is a brain region primarily responsible for encoding negative rewards or anti-reward cause-and-effect relationships. Those with anxiety show an overactivity of burst firing in the lateral habenula. As a non-competitive NMDA antagonist, ketamine prevents glutamate from activating the NMDA receptor.
The inhibition of the NMDA receptor may cause a build-up of free glutamate, which then activates the AMPA receptors. When surplus glutamate activates the AMPA receptor, it releases a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) chemical. BDNF, in interaction with the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), promotes new neural growth. This new growth may reroute the brain from hyperactive areas associated with negative reward signals, providing long-term relief from mental health and chronic pain conditions.
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