Anxiety Specialist

Palo Alto Mind Body

Concierge Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, and Functional Health Specialists located in Palo Alto, CA

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge society faces today. M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH, and colleagues at Palo Alto Mind Body have extensive experience helping patients overcome anxiety using highly personalized treatment plans, including psychotherapy, anti-anxiety medication, and cutting-edge treatments such as ketamine infusions—for severe conditions—along with evidence-based functional medicine treatments designed to address root causes of anxiety through food sensitivity analysis and nutritional balancing. If you or someone you care about is dealing with the challenges of anxiety or chronic stress disorders, call or send a confidential email to the practice in Palo Alto, California. We also serve many patients located in the surrounding Bay Area, such as South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, San Jose, and San Francisco.

Anxiety Q & A

Palo Alto Mind Body

When should I seek help for anxiety?

Under normal circumstances, anxiety is beneficial because it energizes your body and helps keep you safe in dangerous situations.

Anxiety becomes a concern when it persists or when it occurs in situations which are not innately dangerous. When anxiety levels stay high, your mental and physical health are at risk, and your ability to get through daily life becomes disrupted.

If you are frequently worried, feel overwhelmed, or avoid people and places, we can help you find relief.

What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorders cause a range of emotional and physical symptoms, from intense fear and dread to a pounding heart, sweating, or an upset stomach.

There are several types of anxiety disorders, and each one has unique symptoms. Here are a few examples:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Persistent and excessive worry, restlessness, fatigue, and muscle tension
  • Panic Disorder: Recurring panic attacks with severe symptoms such as heart palpitations, sweating, shortness of breath, and chest pain
  • Specific Phobias: Excessive fear of an object, activity, or situation such as fear of spiders or heights
  • Social Anxiety:  When everyday social interactions cause excess fear of being judged, worry about embarrassment or humiliation, or concern about offending someone.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Unwanted, repeated thoughts and behaviors.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: When feeling stressed or frightened, even when there is no danger.

 

No matter what type of anxiety you face, one thing is sure: effective treatments are available.

How is anxiety treated?

Dr. Ghorieshi and the providers at Palo Alto Mind Body work closely with you to develop a customized treatment plan to overcome anxiety and live your best life.

Your treatment plan may include evidence-based psychotherapy, anti-anxiety medication, intravenous (IV) Ketamine infusion, genetic testing, nutritional balancing, and acupuncture.

In therapy, you learn to manage your fears and overcome the negative thoughts that fuel your anxiety and prevent you from taking control of your life. This treatment along with medication management is supported by the providers of Palo Alto Mind Body through office visits or via telehealth consultations. Telehealth involves the use of secure HIPAA-compliant video conferencing to facilitate sessions and maintain your treatment if you can’t get to the office.

The latest advance in treating severe anxiety and related disorders is IV Ketamine infusion which can provide remarkable and almost-immediate relief from anxiety symptoms.

How does ketamine treat anxiety?

Ketamine is a medication that has been used for decades in high doses as an anesthetic and pain reliever. However, when administered differently, in small doses delivered intravenously in an in-office visit, it can provide a profound and rapid benefit to those suffering from anxiety and other related mental health issues. It does this by increasing the activity of neurotransmitters that are deficient in individuals with psychiatric conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Although ketamine may be administered in several ways, Dr. Ghorieshi uses intravenous infusions which have been shown to deliver optimal results. When you get ketamine via IV, 100% of the medication flows into your bloodstream.  

Other methods such as oral or nasal administration are less effective because the absorption and bioavailability of the ketamine are much lower and less reliable. Furthermore, a slow drip of IV Ketamine has been shown to be far more beneficial than a single, quick injection. Learn more about IV Ketamine treatments at Palo Alto Mind Body.

Anxiety should not be a regular part of your life. Call Palo Alto Mind Body or send a confidential email to start anxiety treatment today. Please note, we also serve many patients located in the surrounding Bay Area, such as South Bay, North Bay, East Bay, Peninsula, San Jose, and San Francisco.