Help! My Anxiety Won't Calm Down

It’s normal to experience occasional bouts of worry and anxiety, especially during these turbulent times. However, feeling worried all the time could be a sign that you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder. 

Luckily, transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive, drug-free way to treat anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. Based in Huntington, New York, Dr. Nina Greif of LiveWell TMS specializes in helping patients with treatment-resistant conditions like anxiety

While it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with your anxiety, TMS can offer hope. Here are a few things that are helpful to remember when your anxiety feels unmanageable. 

Some anxiety is normal; constant anxiety is not

Anxiety is a normal response to stress that can often occur during life changes and difficult circumstances, such as moving, losing a job, going through a break up, falling ill, or grieving a loved one. Sometimes some anxiety can be helpful, such as when it helps you study for a test or prepare for a job interview. 

However, if your mind feels like it jumps from one worry to the next, it could be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or another anxiety disorder. Other symptoms of anxiety disorders include: 

The exact cause of anxiety disorders is unknown, but scientists theorize that anxiety disorders may be caused by neurotransmitters levels in the brain and might be related to family genetics and environmental stressors. 

Acute anxiety won’t last forever

In the middle of a bout of acute anxiety, it can feel like it will last forever. However, because anxiety involves your sympathetic nervous systems (a.k.a. your fight-or-flight system), eventually even the worst panic attacks or bouts of anxiety burn themselves out. 

Unfortunately, experiencing a severe panic attack or bout of anxiety can make you anxious about experiencing another one, creating a vicious cycle. Thankfully, there are things you can do to manage your anxiety.

Anxiety can be managed

Although anxiety can feel overwhelming, there are a number of effective ways to prevent anxiety before it starts and manage it when it appears. For many people, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, reducing caffeine and alcohol, and avoiding external triggers where possible can help them manage occasional anxiety. 

However, for people with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or another anxiety disorder, treatment usually consists of a combination of psychotherapy and anti-anxiety medications. If your anxiety disorder is not responding to medication and psychotherapy or if you’re struggling with medication side effects, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) offers a drug-free way treatment alternative. 

TMS helps to rebalance your neurotransmitters using gentle pulses of magnetic energy, which can encourage your brain to form healthier neural patterns. During a TMS session, Dr. Greif uses a specialized electromagnetic cap on your head to generate fields of magnetic energy. For anxiety, Dr. Greif recommends starting with daily sessions Monday to Friday for six weeks before a two-week transitional period. 

Remember: you are more than your anxiety. If your anxiety feels uncontrollable, contact Dr. Greif at LiveWell TMS by calling 631-228-7674 or request an appointment online.

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