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Anxiety Disorder

  • More than 19 million U.S. adults suffer from chronic anxiety disorders. Relatively mild, brief anxiety can be caused by a stressful event, such as going on a first date or speaking in public.

    True anxiety disorders last at least six months and can get worse if left untreated. The extreme form of this condition can seriously interfere with work and personal relationships.

    Anxiety Disorders Diagnosis

    Our team utilizes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to diagnosis symptoms as anxiety disorders. If your physician suspects this disorder, you will also have to fill out a psychological questionnaire to rule out other conditions.

    Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

    Symptoms vary by type of anxiety disorder; however, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) includes the following symptoms:

    • Unrealistic and chronic worry about life events
    • Hyperventilation
    • Headaches
    • Sweating and trembling
    • Gastrointestinal discomfort
    • Muscle tension and aches
    • Fatigue and/or insomnia
    • Feeling powerless

    Examples of more specific types of anxiety disorders include:

    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)– feeling compelled to repeat unwanted thoughts (obsessions) or behaviors (compulsions)
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – feeling you are reliving a personally traumatic event
    • Panic attacks – feelings of impending doom that causes shortness of breath, chest pain, or the feeling of being smothered
    • Significant phobias – feelings of severe anxiety when exposed to a stimulus (crowded spaces or spiders, for example) that you want to avoid

    Individual Support

    Treatment plans. Our multidisciplinary staff will evaluate the patient to formulate a treatment plan. 

    Therapies and rehabilitative services are very helpful for patients with anxiety disorders such as:

    • Exposure therapy – depicts anxiety-provoking circumstances to teach patients how to reduce their anxiety.
    • Decatastrophizing – teaches patients to recognize how over-thinking contributes to out of control anxiety symptoms.

    Medication. Anti-anxiety, antidepressant or antipsychotic medications may be prescribed. 

    Family support. We encourage family members to become educated and involved in patients’ treatment. 


    Inpatient treatment for anxiety disorders

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Outpatient offices for anxiety disorder treatment

    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    Medical Office Building at Tabor Road
    1200 W. Tabor Road, Suite 100
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Einstein Center One
    9880 Bustleton Avenue, Suite 218
    Philadelphia, PA 19141

    Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park
    60 Township Line Road
    Elkins Park, PA 19027


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