Generalized Anxiety

Psychiatry & Medication Management located in Denver, CO

Anxiety can be a minor nuisance or be debilitating when not treated. Generalized anxiety disorder affects nearly 6% of adults during their lifetime. At Peak Interactive Wellness in Denver, Colorado, the highly trained psychiatric team diagnoses and treats generalized anxiety. Schedule an evaluation by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

What is generalized anxiety disorder?

Generalized anxiety disorder is a mental health condition characterized by extreme worry about daily activities or events. 

People with this condition often feel unsettled or anxious nearly every day for six months or longer. While it’s common to feel anxious occasionally, ongoing worry that’s difficult to control can interfere with your life.

What are the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder?

Generalized anxiety disorder may cause the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty handling uncertainty
  • Persistent worry or anxiousness
  • Overthinking solutions to worst-case scenarios
  • Perceiving events or situations as threatening when they’re not
  • Problems handling uncertainty
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inability to relax
  • Restlessness 
  • Indecisiveness or a fear of making wrong decisions
  • Always being on edge
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches or tension 
  • Trembling
  • Twitching
  • Nervousness
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Irritability 

You might feel anxious for no apparent reason or have a general sense that something bad will happen. These and other symptoms can cause distress in your social or professional life.

What may increase the risk of generalized anxiety disorder?

Generalized anxiety disorder may appear because of genetic factors, other mental health challenges, a medical illness, a negative or timid personality, or brain chemistry changes. 

The condition tends to run in families, and women are diagnosed more often than men. Traumatic or negative experiences also increase the risk of generalized anxiety disorder.

Phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), substance misuse, or panic disorder may appear with generalized anxiety disorder.

How is generalized anxiety disorder diagnosed?

The Peak Interactive Wellness team completes a psychiatric evaluation to determine if you have generalized anxiety disorder or another mental health condition. They ask about your mental health history, emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and lifestyle. 

Peak Interactive Wellness also offers genetic testing to establish the best medication based on your genetics. 

How is generalized anxiety disorder treated?

Treating generalized anxiety disorder at Peak Interactive Wellness may involve one or more of the following solutions:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Other forms of psychotherapy
  • Medication management
  • Ketamine–assisted psychotherapy
  • Spravato nasal spray 
  • Holistic psychiatry 
  • Pediatric psychiatry 
  • Supplements

Peak Interactive Wellness provides convenient telehealth services in addition to in-person therapy sessions. You may be a candidate for more than one type of anxiety treatment.

Schedule a generalized anxiety disorder evaluation at Peak Interactive Wellness by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.