Anxiety Specialist

Primary Medicine of Sherman

Primary Care Physicians & Addiction Medicine located in Sherman, TX

With more than 20 million Americans living with an anxiety disorder, it’s the most common mental health issue affecting Americans. At Primary Medicine of Sherman in Sherman, Texas, Robert Hernandez, MD, offers expert diagnosis and treatments for anxiety disorders to help you learn to cope with and manage your negative thoughts and feelings. Call Primary Medicine of Sherman or make an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are mental illnesses in which intrusive negative thoughts and feelings lead to excessive worries and fears that interfere with your behavior and overall quality of life. Nervousness and fears are normal human emotions that keep you safe and motivate you. However, if those fears and worries are so prevalent that they disrupt your activities and quality of life, you may have a more severe condition. 

Dr. Hernandez and his nurse practitioner, Dacodah LaBarge, treat several types of anxiety disorders, including:

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) causes intense and often irrational worries about day-to-day responsibilities such as work, family, health, and routine tasks, like car repairs.            

Panic disorder

Panic disorder causes panic attacks, periods of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms such as a racing heartbeat, dizziness, shortness of breath, and chest pain. Panic attacks are often frightening and disorienting, and you may feel like you’re having a heart attack. 

Social anxiety disorder

If you have social anxiety disorder, you feel nervous and fearful in social situations, including one-on-one interactions, group settings, and public speaking. Social anxiety disorder may be rooted in fears of rejection or humiliation.

Specific phobias

Phobias are pervasive and irrational fears of a particular object or situation that can lead to abnormal behaviors. Some of the more common phobias include heights, flying, and insects, although you can develop a phobia to just about anything. 

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety causes a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that vary in severity. Common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feelings of nervousness, worry, or fear
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath

If you feel like anxiety is disrupting your life, contact Primary Medicine of Sherman for an appointment today.  

How is anxiety treated?

At Primary Medicine of Sherman, Dr. Hernandez and his expert nurse practitioner, Dacodah LaBarge, provide customized mental health services to help you learn to manage your anxiety and regain your quality of life. Your provider begins with a comprehensive assessment, which helps them create a treatment plan to address your specific needs. 

While every patient receives customized care, treatment often combines medication to alleviate your symptoms with therapy to help you learn techniques to deal with your negative thoughts and feelings and reduce their impact on your life.

Call Primary Medicine of Sherman or book an appointment online today for personalized assessments and treatments for anxiety.