Anxiety Specialist

Jacobi Care

Matthew A. Jacobs, DO

Psychiatry & Virtual Reality Psychiatry located in Palo Alto, CA

Feeling nervous about an interview or stressed about your workload is just part of life, but if everyday anxiety gets out of control, you could benefit from professional help. Board-certified psychiatrist Matthew Jacobs, DO, of Jacobi Care in Palo Alto, California, offers online telepsychiatry consultations for patients with generalized anxiety disorder and conditions like phobias, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Find out how you can get first-class care for your anxiety by calling Jacobi Care today or booking a telehealth appointment online.

Anxiety Q&A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is something most people experience in stressful situations and when they have problems in their lives, which is a perfectly normal response. What isn't normal is for anxiety to persist and worsen to the point that it interferes with your ability to work and function.

There are several kinds of anxiety disorder, including:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

When you have GAD, your anxieties extend to all areas of your life, from work and family to health, money, social interactions, and decision-making. With no specific focus for your anxiety, you might find yourself obsessing over things out of your control, like conflicts in other countries.

Panic disorder

With panic disorder, you experience sudden bouts of paralyzing fear that make it hard to breathe or think clearly and cause physical symptoms such as trembling, sweating, and chest pain. The fear of having a panic attack can make it difficult to leave the safety of your home.

Phobias

Phobias are intense, overwhelming fears of experiences such as flying and specific things like spiders or snakes. The disgust or terror you feel when faced with the source of your phobia is so great that you're unable to react rationally and may have a panic attack.

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder is a phobia of being in social situations. While you may function normally when you're alone or with people you know well, larger gatherings or being with strangers brings on extreme anxiety that makes you avoid these experiences.

What symptoms does anxiety cause?

Anxiety disorders make you feel stressed and fearful, with a sense of dread hanging over you. Other symptoms include:

  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Constant muscle tension
  • Digestive upsets
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting

Anxiety disorders can also trigger panic attacks even when you don’t have panic disorder, and it's not uncommon to have depression as well as an anxiety disorder.

What treatments can help with anxiety?

There are two approaches Dr. Jacobs uses to treat your anxiety:

Medications

Anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines and selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) help reduce your anxiety levels. Antidepressants can also boost your mood and reduce your vulnerability to stress. 

You might find it takes a while for your medication to start making a difference, so it's important to be patient.

Talking therapies

Dr. Jacobs uses several talking therapies to help with anxiety disorders.

Psychotherapy enables you to understand and overcome the underlying causes of your anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on practical ways to change your response to anxiety by looking at your situation more realistically.

If you're living with an anxiety disorder, call Jacobi Care today to arrange a telehealth consultation or book an appointment online.