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Anxiety specialist in Temple, TX

About 30% of adults experience anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety usually resolves on its own, but if your symptoms last for several weeks or affect your quality of life, it’s vital to seek treatment. At his eponymous practice, licensed clinical social worker Vincent Hochstatter, LCSW, diagnoses and treats anxiety in people ages 4 and older. Call the office based in Corpus Christi, Texas, or schedule online today to book a virtual appointment for yourself or your child.

Anxiety Q & A

What is an anxiety disorder?

An anxiety disorder is a condition characterized by intense worry or fear. It’s normal to feel anxious before a big event, like a work presentation, but contact Vincent if your symptoms interfere with your daily routine. Various treatments can relieve uncomfortable side effects and help you feel better.

What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?

Symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:

  • Feeling nervous or tense
  • Having a sense of impending danger or doom
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Avoiding things that trigger your anxiety

You might also experience physical symptoms like trembling, sweating, or rapid breathing if you have an anxiety disorder.

When should I see a social worker about anxiety?

Make an appointment with Vincent if you regularly experience anxiety and it interferes with your job, relationships, or quality of life. That’s especially true if your feelings are difficult to control or they cause you to use substances like alcohol or illicit drugs.

What causes anxiety?

Researchers aren’t entirely sure what causes anxiety, but several factors may contribute, including your genetics and environment. Certain medical conditions also increase your risk, including heart disease, thyroid disease, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

How is anxiety diagnosed?

Vincent diagnoses anxiety disorders virtually with telehealth appointments.  

He reviews your medical records at your visit and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, their severity, and if they’re worse during certain times or activities. Vincent conducts a psychological evaluation. He asks about your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and has you fill out a questionnaire.

Vincent compares your symptoms to the criteria listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). After confirming your diagnosis, he makes treatment recommendations.

How is anxiety treated?

Treatment of anxiety usually involves a combination of prescription medication and psychological counseling. Like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), counseling techniques teach you skills to manage anxiety when it arises. Medication help relieve uncomfortable symptoms associated with anxiety attacks, like sweaty palms, rapid heartbeat, or shortness of breath.

If you or a loved one suffers from anxiety, make a telehealth appointment at the practice of Vincent Hochstatter, LCSW. Call the office or book online today.

Vincent Hochstatter, LCSW