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Anxiety Specialist

Sulcata Psychiatry

Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care located in Vintage Park, Houston, TX

Everyone experiences temporary anxiety sometimes, but intense and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Stoni Johnston, APRN, MSN, PMHNP-BC, has extensive experience treating anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) at Sulcata Psychiatry in Houston, Texas. Call the office or request an appointment online today for personalized, compassionate anxiety treatment. Telehealth is available.

Anxiety Q & A

What are anxiety disorders?

Anxiety is a normal emotion that actually serves an important purpose. When you face a dangerous situation, the fight or flight response increases your vigilance and alertness to help keep you alive.

An anxiety disorder is when these feelings of worry, fear, or nervousness are excessive, persistent, and not in response to a real threat. An anxiety disorder can manifest as constantly thinking about what might go wrong, assuming the worst-case scenario, or convincing yourself that people are judging you.

If this sounds like you, rest assured that you’re not alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health condition, affecting nearly 30% of adults at some point in their lives. You don’t have to feel suffocated by anxiety; Ms. Johnston at Sulcata Psychiatry can help.

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

There are many types of anxiety disorders. Some of the most common types include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and specific phobias. Social anxiety is a type of phobia that involves fear and avoidance of socializing with others.

Other conditions that involve anxiety include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

People with anxiety disorders can experience a wide range of signs and symptoms, such as:

  • Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
  • Feeling tired
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Unexplained chest pain
  • Rapid breathing
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty thinking about anything other than the current worry
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as nausea, diarrhea, or constipation

Anxiety can leave you feeling physically and emotionally exhausted, which can lead to bouts of depression.

How is anxiety diagnosed and treated?

At Sulcata Psychiatry, Ms. Johnston specializes in evaluating and managing symptoms of anxiety. Your first visit involves a thorough psychiatric evaluation with multiple tools and technologies that allow her to understand your specific needs, such as cognitive testing. Ms. Johnston takes time to get to know you and makes you a partner in your anxiety treatment plan.

The goal of treatment is to provide both education and relief. Ms. Johnston introduces you to resources that help you learn about your particular diagnosis, treatment options, and targeted interventions you can do on your own.

Anxiety treatment often includes medication management combined with psychotherapy, but Ms. Johnston may also recommend lifestyle changes involving nutrition, exercise, and sleep habits. To determine the best type of medication for you, Ms. Johnston may suggest in-office Genomind® pharmacogenetic testing.

To learn how you can manage anxiety and improve your life, call Sulcata Psychiatry today or request an appointment online.