Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders as it is estimated that it affects more than 10 in every 100 people. There are many different types and subgroups of anxiety. At the same time panic attacks and phobias are usually grouped with anxiety disorders. Panic attack is a sudden surge of intense anxiety during which the person feels that he is going to die or lose control. There is usually no specific trigger to panic attacks. Phobia is the intense fear (anxiety) of a certain situation or specific object. This exaggerated fear can interfere with the person’s day-to-day life.
Symptoms of anxiety can be divided into physical (body) symptoms and psychological (mind) symptoms. Nevertheless, they are both interlinked, and they almost always present together. Physical symptoms of anxiety include headache, blurred vision, dizziness, dry mouth, tinnitus, heavy breathing, racing heartbeats, sweating, indigestion, diarrhea, shaking, muscle tension and pains. While psychological symptoms of anxiety include worrying all the time, feeling on edge, irritability, sleep problems, poor concentration and apprehension.
Treatment modalities used in the management of anxiety include psychological therapies (such as CBT), psychopharmacological (i.e. medications) and neuromodulation (such as TMS). The choice of treatment depends on the type of anxiety, severity of the condition and patient preference.
At London TMS Centre we are proud to have a group of expert psychiatrists in the treatment of anxiety mood disorders. This ensures that when we recommend TMS for one of our patients this is done as a part of a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses different aspects of the patient’s difficulties. Three of our experts, Dr Mohamed Abdelghani, Dr Ilia Bountouni and Dr Ricky Sachdev, are Consultant Psychiatrists in CDAT (Complex Depression, Anxiety and Trauma) Service at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust. The three of them have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating different anxiety disorders. This includes using different treatment modalities and working with colleagues from other disciplines, such as psychologists, to deliver a comprehensive and holistic management plan to their patients.