Medical Marijuana Specialist located in Santa Rosa Beach, FL
It’s normal to feel anxious in response to the stresses of everyday life, but if you feel anxious frequently and for increasingly longer periods of time, you may have clinical anxiety. Anxiety disorders are common and affect almost 30% of all American adults. At Zen Releaf, Perry Hight, MD, works with patients in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, to treat anxiety that negatively affects the quality of their lives. To learn more about the various anxiety treatments available, including medical marijuana, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to make an appointment today.
Anxiety Q & A
What is an anxiety disorder?
Anxiety disorder is when you experience worry or fear for extended periods of time, even if there isn’t anything to feel stressed about.
Your anxiety can relate to such things as work, personal relationships, or your health. While anxiety is normal in stressful situations, people with clinical anxiety experience these feelings all the time.
There are different kinds of anxiety disorders that relate to the different things people get anxious about. These include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder.
What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?
If you have a clinical anxiety disorder, you have constant feelings of dread and fear accompanied by other symptoms like:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Insomnia or disturbed sleep
If you allow your anxiety disorder to continue unchecked, it may become more intense and cause further complications, like panic attacks.
During a panic attack, you have a sudden onset of intense fear along with physical symptoms that include:
- Heart palpitations
- Uncontrollable trembling
- Tingling or numb extremities
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Feeling out of control
These attacks last for a few minutes before they subside on their own. However, panic attacks are extremely disruptive to your everyday life and leave you feeling exhausted. If you have frequent anxiety or experience a panic attack, get professional help at Zen Releaf.
What treatments do you offer for anxiety disorder?
The practice uses a combination of medication and traditional talk therapy to treat anxiety and its related symptoms. Treatments for anxiety disorder are tailored to each patient’s individual symptoms and medical history.
The practice recommends cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you identify detrimental thought patterns and change them into more positive ones.
CBT helps you understand your thought patterns as you respond to anxiety triggers, which can help you alter your thinking so these triggers don’t affect you in such a negative way.
The practice suggests a combination of medical marijuana to temporarily ease your symptoms as you work through your disorder with traditional talk therapy. Marijuana helps ease anxiety and other symptoms related to your disorder, like disturbed sleep.
The practice can prescribe medical marijuana that has higher levels of cannabidiol (CBD) to provide the benefits of lowered anxiety while minimizing the psychoactive effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the plant.
To learn more about how medical marijuana can help with your anxiety symptoms, call the office or use the online system to schedule an appointment today.