Latif Ziyar, MD
Psychiatrist located in Fresno, CA
Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, but excessive and persistent fear that interferes with your daily life may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. At Latif Ziyar, MD, Inc., in Fresno, California, licensed psychiatrist Latif Ziyar, MD, treats anxiety in patients age 7 and older. To free yourself from the grips of anxiety, call or book an appointment online today.
Anxiety Q & A
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal part of life. You’ve probably experienced temporary feelings of worry or fear at certain moments, like before delivering a presentation or flying in an airplane.
But when you have an anxiety disorder, these feelings don’t go away and tend to get worse over time. Uncontrolled anxiety can seriously disrupt your daily life, interfering with your performance at work or school and impairing relationships.
What are different anxiety disorders?
Dr. Ziyar treats the full spectrum of anxiety disorders, including:
Generalized anxiety disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involves feelings of excessive worry about everyday things like work, personal health, and social interactions. Symptoms of GAD include:
- Muscle tension
- Feeling on-edge
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
People with GAD experience these symptoms most days for at least six months.
Panic disorder causes you to have recurrent, unexpected panic attacks, or sudden episodes of intense fear. Symptoms of a panic attack include:
- Heart palpitations
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of impending doom
A panic attack may be triggered by an object or situation of fear, or it may come on unexpectedly. You may worry about when the next panic attack will occur and go out of your way to avoid known triggers, like social situations.
A phobia is a fear of an object or situation that’s much greater than the threat involved. Common phobias include:
- Social anxiety disorder
- Separation anxiety disorder
- Specific phobias, like fear of flying, heights, or blood
Though it’s normal to feel fear, phobias cause a level of anxiety that’s much greater than the realistic danger involved.
How is anxiety treated?
Dr. Ziyar works with you to overcome anxiety and reclaim control of your life. He uses a biopsychosocial model that looks at the biological, psychological, and social factors behind your specific type of anxiety disorder.
He approaches anxiety treatment as a partnership where you make informed decisions about your health and well-being.
Treatment for anxiety disorders typically involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication. There are a variety of anti-anxiety medications available. Dr. Ziyar helps you find the right one.
If overwhelming and uncontrollable anxiety continually affects your quality of life, don’t hesitate to call the office of Latif Ziyar, M.D., Inc, or book an appointment online today.