Anxiety Specialist

North Shore TMS

TMS Specialist & Integrative Psychiatry located in Huntington, NY

An anxiety disorder is a severe mental health condition that can prevent you from performing regular activities, and may have a devastating impact on your work performance, personal relationships, and physical health. Andrea Carlsen, MD, and the team at North Shore TMS offer drug-free transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy and other evidence-based treatments to reduce your anxiety symptoms and restore your quality of life. To learn more about TMS therapy for anxiety, or to schedule a confidential consultation, call the office in Huntington, New York, today, or make an appointment online.

Anxiety Q & A

What causes anxiety?

Feeling anxious is a normal response to certain life situations, but if you have persistent feelings of nervousness, fear, or worry, you may have an anxiety disorder.

Researchers haven’t identified the exact cause of anxiety disorders, but they do know that certain factors can increase your risk of developing anxiety that can prevent you from participating in social activities or performing daily tasks.

Risk factors for anxiety include:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental stressors
  • Brain chemistry
  • Poor physical health
  • Hormonal imbalance

There are many different types of anxiety disorders. These include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias (fear of heights, insects, etc.)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Left untreated, anxiety can have severe consequences for your work, personal life, and physical health.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

There are specific symptoms associated with each type of anxiety disorder, but they do share some common symptoms. These include:

  • Intense, intrusive feelings of fear or worry
  • Difficulty remaining calm
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia

Anxiety can also cause physical symptoms, including shortness of breath, increased heart rate, and digestive issues. It’s also common to experience anxiety alongside depression.

How is anxiety treated?

To address your anxiety symptoms, Dr. Carlsen at North Shore TMS designs a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs.

The most common treatment for anxiety is medication. Medication helps control anxiety symptoms in many patients, but others don’t respond to anti-anxiety drugs or can’t tolerate the side effects of medication.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an innovative treatment that doesn’t involve psychiatric medication. TMS is FDA-approved to treat depression, and research suggests it’s also helpful for anxiety disorders.

TMS delivers magnetic pulses to your brain, stimulating activity in the areas responsible for mood regulation, resulting in a long-lasting reduction in anxiety symptoms.

Dr. Carlsen specializes in functional medicine and integrative psychiatry and generally recommends a multidisciplinary approach to treatment. Your customized anxiety treatment plan may include:

  • TMS therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Ketamine infusion therapy
  • Medications
  • Light therapy
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Diet and exercise counseling

Genetic testing is also available at North Shore TMS. Genetic testing helps Dr. Carlsen provide the best possible treatment for your unique needs.

If you’re suffering from debilitating anxiety symptoms, don’t wait to schedule a consultation. Call North Shore TMS today, or make an appointment online.