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Anxiety is a clinical psychological disorder that results in constant and excessive feelings of anxiety, worry and fear. These feelings may worsen over time, causing individuals with anxiety disorders to avoid places and situations that cause them distress. This disorder can have a serious effect on the functioning of individuals in their social as well as work life. Fortunately, with increasing research in mental health disorders, there are ways to treat and manage anxiety that can help individuals regain control over their lives. 

Cadabams offers various types of psychotherapies and psychiatric support that may be best suited for you or your loved one. With over 28 years of experience, Cadabams’ multispecialty team of psychologists, counsellors and therapists can help in anxiety treatment with evidence-based, solution-oriented treatment.

Talk to our professionals to draw up a treatment plan that works best for you.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Symptoms of anxiety may differ from person to person, depending on the type of anxiety disorder they are diagnosed with. In some cases, the feeling of anxiousness can be crippling, leading to shortness of breath and unwarranted panic attacks. Some individuals may develop obsessions, or extreme fear about certain triggering stimuli. Extreme anxiety can trigger a fight-or-flight response to sudden stress, which can ultimately result in a sense of doom, depression, intense fatigue, or a sudden rise in blood pressure.

The common symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Excessive anxiousness and worry
  • Increased heart palpitations 
  • Intense breathing
  • Continued restlessness
  • Difficulty in focusing or concentrating
  • Having trouble falling asleep
  • Feelings of dread, panic or danger
  • Increased sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Irritation

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Continued build-up of stress can trigger intense anxiety episodes in many people. Moreover, some people are more prone to panic than others. The resulting feelings of restlessness and trepidation can continue for weeks, thus, causing emotional health problems synonymous with anxiety disorders. Considering that anxiety may be due to several reasons, experts classify anxiety disorders into the following categories:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder: GAD is a type of anxiety disorder that causes individuals to be in an almost constant state of anxiety that is not triggered by any one thing in particular. Feelings of anxiety in GAD are excessive and persistent and individuals are usually unable to pinpoint the reason for their anxiety. 
  • Illness anxiety disorder: Illness Anxiety Disorder, also known as Hypochondriasis, is a disorder in which individuals experience intense anxiety of being ill or suffering from life-threatening diseases. Though the individual may show mild or no symptoms, they are excessively fearful of having a serious medical condition. Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Many people misconstrue OCD as a trait of ‘perfection’. However, this is a mental illness in which the affected individuals experience unwanted thoughts or obsessions and show a compulsive tendency to perform certain routines repeatedly. Not performing these activities causes great distress to the individual with OCD. 
  • Panic disorder: Panic Disorder causes individuals to have sudden feelings of fear or terror that can lead to panic attacks. These panic attacks can last for around 5 to 20 minutes, while symptoms can last longer. 
  • Specific Phobias: Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that causes an unwarranted or irrational fear of a particular activity, object, or situation. Though individuals are aware that their fears are irrational, they are not able to do anything about it without proper therapeutic interventions. 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD is an anxiety disorder seen in individuals who have either experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as natural disasters, accidents, wars or violence. This disorder is marked by symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety pangs, or distressing thoughts about the event.
  • Separation anxiety disorder: Separation Anxiety Disorder is characterised by children being excessively anxious when separated from a loved one. Common symptoms include temper tantrums, nightmares, or excessive crying or clinginess. In some cases, SAD can be seen in teenagers and adults. 

  • Social anxiety disorder: Social Anxiety Disorder causes individuals to be excessively anxious about facing embarrassment, humiliation or being judged in social situations. Such people have trouble talking to people, attending social gatherings, and adjusting to new surroundings. 

Causes of Anxiety

While there are no known causes of anxiety, the following are the risk factors that can make an individual vulnerable to developing an anxiety disorder:

  1. Genetics: Researchers suspect that genetic vulnerability or a family history of anxiety can make an individual vulnerable to developing the disorder. 
  2. Environmental Causes: Adverse childhood experiences, exposure to traumatic events, unstable family life, financial stress etc. can cause an individual to develop anxiety. Such experiences or environmental factors can cause changes in the functioning of certain parts of the brain that regulate stress responses such as the amygdala and hippocampus. 
  3. Physical Illness: Medical illnesses such as thyroid, heart, lung disorders, diabetes etc. can cause symptoms of anxiety to intensify. While diagnosing, the medical professional first rules of medical conditions as the cause for anxiety symptoms and treats the disorder accordingly. 
  4. Comorbidity: Anxiety disorders can also occur in comorbidity with other psychological disorders. They usually occur alongside disorders such as major depressive disorder or substance abuse.

Anxiety Disorders are more common among women than men. with Less than 40 percent of them receive the necessary anxiety treatment.  

Diagnosing Anxiety Disorders

To reach a diagnosis of anxiety, it is first necessary to get a comprehensive understanding of the symptoms. For this, a clinician would first rule out the presence of any medical conditions that may be causing anxiety symptoms to occur. In case there is no underlying medical cause, a full case history of the symptoms is taken while the individual's mental state is evaluated with psychometric tests.

Through the process, the mental health professional tries to understand the intensity and duration of symptoms, along with the possible causal factors that may be contributing to the symptoms. Finally, the professional can diagnose the individual with the help of diagnostic manuals such as DSM and ICD. 

Cadabam’s counselling services offer a diagnosis by a multispecialty team of mental health professionals who take care to understand the individual needs of a person and provide them with the best possible support. 

Seeking Anxiety Treatment

Once a diagnosis has been made, it is important to seek proper anxiety treatment from professionals to be able to manage and regulate anxiety symptoms. 

Cadabams offers world-class anxiety counselling services that cater to individual needs of the person. This takes into consideration the biopsychosocial aspects of the client’s history to ensure that appropriate holistic care is given to the client.Some of the most effective methods for anxiety treatment include:

  • Medication: Medication such as antidepressants, sedatives and antipsychotics are used to manage symptoms of anxiety. These medicines help to balance neurotransmitters and hormone levels in the brain to treat anxiety symptoms. Medication is usually prescribed along with psychotherapy. Due to the side effects of medication, it is important to constantly consult a psychiatrist to get the best possible results. 

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: CBT helps individuals to identify their negative patterns of thinking that cause distress and find ways to reframe them into healthy coping styles. In doing so, the person is required to identify the source of their anxiety, try to adjust their thinking and behavior patterns through anxiety treatment/anxiety management therapy, and follow them regularly.

Group Therapy: Group therapy involves therapists working with several clients at the same time. This allows individuals with common concerns about their symptoms to come together and have a collective discussion about their journey towards healing.

Other psychotherapeutic methods are used depending on the type of anxiety disorder the individual has been diagnosed with. For example, exposure therapy is used to treat OCD. Cadabams offers various treatment options that help an individual address every one of their needs in anxiety therapy.

This includes Interpersonal therapy, family therapy, REBT, exposure therapy etc. In case an individual does not respond to therapy and medication and shows signs of harming themself, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) are used for treatment. These methods are safe and are effective for severe cases of anxiety.    

Along with medication and psychotherapy, it is also important to make lifestyle changes that can help manage anxiety symptoms. These include:

  • Getting adequate sleep
  • Regular exercise and an active life
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Avoiding use of alcohol or drugs
  • Drinking less coffee
  • Quit smoking
  • Meditation
  • A consistent routine that could help feel more in control of one’s situation

While these methods can help to reduce anxiety problems to some extent, the individual can help themself by learning to recognize symptoms of anxiety, dealing with self-defeating behaviors and thoughts, and developing strategies to cope with anxiety issues.



There is great therapeutic value in communicating through your losses, injuries, and medical complications. With the best counseling for anxiety, with medication and relevant anxiety therapy sessions, you can defeat your anxiety and live a happy life.

TREATMENT PLAN

Step 1

Getting to know you

You are our top priority. Our team focuses on getting to know you and your preferences to offer the best possible treatment plan.

Step 2

Convenience First

We work round the clock to ensure that we are there when you need us. Our treatment plans are centred on your schedule and convenience so that you can rest easy.

Step 3

Clinical Assessment

We follow a clinical process with an emphasis on research-oriented and solution-based treatment. Clinical assessments provide an informed understanding and insight into the disease.

Step 4

Tailoring a Plan

We work tirelessly to provide customised plans that are just right for you following a clinically-approved diagnosis.

Step 5 

Holistic Treatment

We emphasise on increasing functionality and a complete reintegration in society through our signature therapy and treatment plans.

Step 6

Keeping in Touch

Anxiety treatment is a journey. Staying in touch regularly with the patient and caregivers, even after treatment, is essential to us. Our crew periodically checks in to ensure you are satisfied and healthy.

Why Cadabams?

We use our 28+ years of expertise to ensure that you get the treatment you need and deserve. Our multispecialty team of psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, and physicians continually works with you and your family members to ensure a well-rounded and holistic anxiety treatment plan. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, experienced professionals, and strong community support, we offer world-class evidence-based treatment that is fit for all types of anxiety disorders. 

Our programs help you or your loved one recover by using the top therapeutic interventions used worldwide. Our team of qualified mental health professionals, caregiver support plans, post-diagnostic support, post-care support, caregiver support and crisis intervention ensure that all your needs are met. With our community and homecare plans, you can avail our services from the comfort of your home. At Cadabams, we care for you.

If you would like to consult the best doctor or psychiatrist for anxiety, please do contact us @+91 97414 76476.



FAQ

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a psychological disorder classified in diagnostic manuals, including DSM and ICD. Symptoms of anxiety include excessive worry, panic or feelings of dread, fatigue, restlessness, irritability, changes in sleep patterns as well as physiological symptoms such as muscle tension, sweating and palpitations. Anxiety Disorders are markedly different from normal stress and feelings of anxiousness as they affect everyday functioning in social and work life.  

How to deal with anxiety?

Symptoms of anxiety can be managed through methods such as lifestyle changes, breathing techniques and grounding techniques. An important part of anxiety management is being able to identify triggers and safe spaces to be able to manage symptoms when they come. Finding someone to confide in for support can also help reduce anxiety symptoms.

Cadabams provides a holistic approach for anxiety treatment wherein individual differences are taken into account while curating a treatment plan.

What is an anxiety attack?

An anxiety attack or panic attack is a sudden, intense feeling of fear and anxiety that could last from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. The symptoms of an attack may make the person feel like they are having a heart attack. The symptoms of a panic or anxiety attack are increased heart rate, excessive sweating, difficulty breathing, feeling a loss of control, numbness in hands or fingers and feelings of weakness.

Panic attacks can be mitigated by identifying triggers and using breathing techniques to manage anxiety symptoms. Mental health professionals can also prescribe medication or therapy to manage anxiety attacks. 

How to cure anxiety?

There are several options for anxiety treatment including anxiety counselling and medication. In case the individual does not respond to treatment or presents with a severe case of anxiety, they can be treated with ECT and rTMS.

These treatment options can manage anxiety symptoms and give people the possibility of going back to pre-symptom functionality. With a team of multispecialty counsellor, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and doctors, Cadabams provides holistic treatment for anxiety to ensure the best possible care for you or your loved one. 

How to help someone with anxiety?

If you know someone who has anxiety, it might help to learn more about grounding and relaxation techniques to help them reduce their symptoms. In case they suffer from panic attacks, it is always useful to know their triggers and be able to manage their symptoms. If you know someone with anxiety, Cadabams provides caregiver support and family therapy to assist you in supporting your loved one while also maintaining your mental wellbeing.

Does anxiety medicine help?

Yes, medication is a vital part of anxiety treatment. Consult your psychiatrist to know which medication would work best for you as well as the suitable dosage. In case you are experiencing any side effects from your medication, talk to your doctor to understand the appropriate course of action. Cadabams has a highly experienced team of psychiatrists who can help you find the right medication to manage your anxiety. 

Can a child get diagnosed with anxiety?

Yes, children can also be diagnosed with anxiety. These symptoms may manifest in different ways than that of an adult. They may experience frequent anger outbursts or temper tantrums. They may feel overly tired or have stomach aches or headaches. They may also withdraw from social activities or their friends in school. Anxiety in children is usually a result of attachment or separation anxiety when they are parted from or fear parting from parents or caregivers.

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Anxiety

  • Excessive Worrying
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling agitated
  • Becoming easily fatigued
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Tense muscles
  • Trouble falling/staying asleep
  • Panic attack (intense feeling of fear)
  • Avoiding social situations
  • Irrational fear (extreme fear about a particular thing)
  • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
  • Repetitive behaviour
  • Cold or hot flashes
  • Dizziness, light-headedness, or feeling faint
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating and palpitation
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Nausea or gastrointestinal problems
  • Numbness or tingling sensations (paresthesia)

doctors | Anxiety

Dr B. R. Madhukar

Dr Madhukar BR
MBBS, DPM (NIMHANS), DPM (IRELAND), DPM (UK)

Medical Director & Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Vijayalakshmi Kashi

Dr Vijayalakshmi Kashi
MBBS, DPM

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Priya Raghavan

Dr Priya Raghavan
MBBS, MRCP (UK), CCT

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Raja Mahabaleshwar Hiremani

Dr Raja Mahabaleshwar Hiremani
MBBS, M.D. (Psychiatry), NIMHANS, FRANZCP (AUS)

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr. Vishal Kasal

Dr Vishal Kasal
MBBS (Psychiatry), M.D.(Psychiatry)

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Arun Kumar

Dr Arun Kumar

Psychiatry

Dr. RENUKA B H

Renuka B H
M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from IHBAS

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr. ANITHA B

Dr Anitha Bharathan
M.Sc (Psychology), M.Phil Psychology, Phd in Psycho-oncology 

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Mala Murlidhar

Mala Murlidhar
PH.D. (Clinical Psychology), MS (Clinical Psychology), BA (Psychology)

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

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