Anxiety Specialist

Ali Ahmad, MD -  - Family Medicine

The Medical Dock

Ali Ahmad, MD

Family Medicine & Anti-Aging Specialist located in Huntington Beach, CA & San Pedro, CA

Being anxious can make everyday activities feel unbearable, and almost 20% of people in the United States suffer from anxiety annually. If this statistic includes you, Ali Ahmad, MD, can help at The Medical Dock in Huntington Beach and San Pedro, California. He uses noninvasive, innovative anxiety treatments to help you relax and restore your quality of life. Call The Medical Dock to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety can happen to anybody as a result of being nervous before a big test, sports game, job interview, or even a first date. But if you have an anxiety disorder, feeling nervous or anxious doesn’t go away or gets worse over time. Examples of anxiety disorders include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobia-related disorders

Anxiety can negatively impact everyday functions such as job performance, relationship building, and school work.

 

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms regularly, you may suffer from an anxiety disorder.

  • Feeling restless, tense, or nervous
  • An increased heart rate
  • Experiencing panic, danger, or doom
  • Sweating or trembling
  • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Persistent worry or difficulty concentrating
  • Sleeping problems
  • Avoiding social or other anxiety-causing situations
  • Gastrointestinal problems

Anxiety is sometimes linked with certain medications or having a chronic health condition. It’s also genetic and can be triggered by stress or traumatic life events. Many people with depression also suffer from anxiety.

What is the treatment for anxiety?

At The Medical Dock, Dr. Ahmad asks you questions and reviews your medical history to determine if you suffer from an anxiety disorder. If anxiety negatively impacts everyday tasks, he can recommend an appropriate treatment that’s right for you. Examples include:

Biofeedback

Biofeedback involves holistic technology that identifies and treats energy imbalances using electrical sensors. This innovative technology retrains your body’s response to stressors. The quantum biofeedback device Dr. Ahmad uses scans your body’s energy fields to detect and reduce stress, promote relaxation, and ease symptoms related to depression and anxiety.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, teaches you how to control anxiety and reduce stress related to traumatic life events. Talk therapy might involve one-on-one or group counseling sessions.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a form of psychotherapy that helps you learn skills needed to reduce anxiety symptoms so you can participate in normal everyday activities worry-free. It includes exposure therapy, or gradually encountering anxiety-triggering objects or situations over time.

Medications

Taking certain medications can help you relax and ease anxiety-related symptoms. Some medications used for depression are also effective for anxiety.

Lifestyle remedies

Dr. Ahmad makes suggestions about lifestyle changes that may help reduce anxiety and its symptoms. Examples include stress management, relaxation techniques, staying active, getting enough sleep, eating right, and reducing alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine.

When you’re ready to find a solution for anxiety so you can relax and enjoy life to its fullest, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ahmad at The Medical Dock by phone or online today.