Anxiety

Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Chapel Hill, NC

Approximately 40 million Americans experience anxiety in any given year. The team at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill offers comprehensive care for anxiety using psychotherapy and medication management, including getting you off of medications safely, when needed. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the dedicated team offers thorough care in a timely manner so you don’t have to suffer any longer. Call or book your consultation online now to get started.

Anxiety Q & A

What are the Signs of Anxiety?

Occasional fear, worry, and stress are normal parts of life. When these feelings begin to interfere with your daily life or become excessive in nature, you can benefit from psychiatric care and psychotherapy. Common signs of generalized anxiety include:

  • Feeling restless, wound up, or on edge
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Excessive feelings of worry or fear
  • Difficulty sleeping


There are different forms of anxiety that present with their own unique symptoms and you may experience more than one type of anxiety at a time. The most common types of anxiety outside generalized anxiety include panic disorder, phobia-related disorders, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and separation anxiety disorder.

What Causes Anxiety?

Anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors, including changes in life circumstances — like moving to a new city, losing a job, or ending a relationship — and chemical imbalances in the brain. Depending on the severity of your symptoms and length of time you’ve experienced these symptoms, the team can determine a more specific cause of your anxiety.

The team also offers in-office genetic testing to determine if you are prone to certain chemical imbalances. These are common among family members who exhibit similar symptoms or who have been diagnosed with anxiety.

How is Anxiety Treated?

Treatment for anxiety is personalized based on your symptoms, symptom severity and duration, and preference for treatment. Since many people choose to forgo medication in the treatment of anxiety, the team offers comprehensive psychotherapy in the office so you can get the care you want when you need it.

Psychotherapy treatment includes cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive psychotherapy, and psychodynamic therapy. The team can help you determine which type of therapy is best for you and allows you to work with the provider you’re most comfortable with to manage your symptoms.

The team may recommend psychotherapy and medication management in some cases. Based on genetic testing, the team determines which type of medication is the safest and most effective based on your unique brain chemistry. When you no longer need medication to manage your symptoms, the team helps you wean off of the medications safely to avoid side effects and rebound anxiety symptoms.

Don’t let anxiety keep you from living life to the fullest. Get help from the experts at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Call or book a consultation online now.