Anxiety Specialist

Ketaesthetic

Ketamine Infusion Specialist & Wellness located in Midtown, New York, NY

If you’re among the 40 million people who struggle with anxiety, you naturally want relief fast. Some of the main anxiety treatments, including psychotherapy and antidepressants, take many weeks (if not longer) to start working — and that’s where Ketaesthetic in Midtown Manhattan can help. They offer on-site intravenous (IV) ketamine treatments to help you get the rapid relief you need in a comfortable environment. Call the New York City office or use the online booking tool now.

Anxiety Q & A

What is an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety is strong nervousness and fear. While it's completely normal to have anxiety when you have a big event upcoming, like public speaking or a big competition, the anxiety typically fades away after the event. 

If your anxiety doesn't subside, however, or even increases until it disrupts your day-to-day activities, sometimes even in the absence of a clear cause, you could have generalized anxiety disorder.

While generalized anxiety disorder is the most common type of anxiety disorder, there are several other types, including panic disorder, phobias, and social anxiety disorder. You can have two or more anxiety disorders at one time. 

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was once considered an anxiety disorder, but it’s now classified as a trauma and stressor-related disorder.

What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorders can cause not only distressing feelings but also physical symptoms. Some common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Irrational panic
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hyperventilation
  • Profuse sudden sweating
  • Shakiness
  • Inability to focus on anything but your anxiety
  • Poor sleep
  • Stomach pains or other gastrointestinal issues
  • Avoiding places and situations that bring on anxiety

Anxiety disorders can be different for every person, so you may struggle with just one of these issues, or you could have a combination of issues. 

It's also fairly common for people with an anxiety disorder to experience depression. 

What is the best treatment for anxiety disorders?

Most people with anxiety disorders try psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two. In particular, many people with anxiety disorders find cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) very helpful. 

Anxiety medications can help with symptoms short-term, but most anxiety medications aren’t for long-term use. Some antidepressants may help with anxiety, but unfortunately, they don't work for everyone. Added to that, both psychotherapy and antidepressants can take a long time to work, which feels frustrating when you’re suffering right now. 

If you have treatment-resistant anxiety, a medication called ketamine may help. Ketamine was originally used as an anesthetic, but today doctors use it to treat stubborn anxiety disorders, depression, and PTSD. 

Researchers aren't completely certain how ketamine works, but there's no doubt that it can be a miracle for people struggling with long-term anxiety that doesn't respond to any other treatment. And, intravenous (IV) ketamine takes effect almost immediately, weeks before antidepressants.

To learn more about your anxiety treatment options, call Ketaesthetic or book an appointment online now.