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Anxiety Specialist

Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC

Board Certified Psychiatrists located in Fairbanks, AK

When constant worry and negative thoughts are taking over your life, it’s important to seek help from an experienced psychiatric physician. At Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, in Fairbanks, Alaska, board-certified psychiatrist Mikki Barker, DO, can diagnose anxiety disorders and offer personalized treatment. Through a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, Dr. Barker and her team can determine the source of your excessive worry and find the right treatment options based on your specific needs. Call the office or use the online booking feature for an appointment.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a chronic condition that involves excessive worry and irrational fears that don’t go away. Symptoms of anxiety can worsen over time and interfere with your ability to complete tasks at home or on the job.

There are several types of anxieties, many of which focus on specific factors that trigger an emotional response of fear. Generalized anxiety disorder involves excessive worry about events and activities, even if nothing is wrong.

Other types of anxiety include:

  • Phobias
  • Social anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • Panic disorder

To receive a diagnosis of anxiety, your distress must interfere with your daily life, your job, or relationships for six months or longer.

What causes anxiety?

While everyone feels some anxiety at some point in life, uncontrolled worry and fear can interfere with your ability to function. An anxiety disorder may be the result of a variety of factors, including:

  • Genetics
  • Life stressors
  • Neurological issues
  • Environmental factors

In some cases, the cause of anxiety isn’t clear. Excessive worry and fear may also be the result of existing medical conditions.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Symptoms depend on the type of anxiety you have. If you have a generalized anxiety disorder, you may experience symptoms like:

  • Uncontrollable worry
  • Restlessness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Frequent muscle soreness
  • Sleeping difficulties

You may also experience physical symptoms of anxiety, such as frequent nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

What treatment options are available for anxiety?

The team at Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, can assess the severity of your anxiety symptoms to create a custom treatment plan. Initially, they may suggest behavioral therapy, where you learn coping skills to manage your symptoms and address specific anxiety triggers.

Psychotherapy is also available on-site, which helps you make changes to your patterns of behavior for long-term anxiety management.

In addition to therapy, Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, may recommend medications to reduce your anxious feelings and persistent negative thoughts. Certain antidepressant medications, like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can successfully treat symptoms of anxiety.

The team may also recommend at-home relaxation techniques to reduce your stress level and help control your anxiety symptoms. Alternative therapies like meditation, yoga, and acupuncture can also help reduce the occurrence of anxiety-related episodes.

To get compassionate help with managing anxiety, call the office or use the online scheduling tool.