In this day and age, everybody is rushed. It has become increasingly more common to see dual working–parent families, as well as single parents juggling childcare and full–time jobs simultaneously. People are experiencing sleep deprivation and apnea more than ever, and struggling to stop their mind from racing. If issues like this are interfering with your quality of life, it is time to do something about it—visit your primary care physician.
At Colorado Primary Health Care, it is our mission to help patients get a grasp on the things that can hinder their everyday lives. Getting help doesn’t mean prescription medication is a required element of treatment. Remember, there are a lot of steps a primary care doctor can take to help relieve your stress and anxiety.
Step one in treating stress and anxiety involves a full history workup to make sure that the patient doesn’t have any other underlying medical problems, such as a thyroid condition or a vitamin deficiency, that might contribute in worsening or magnifying stress and anxiety.
If it is determined that any underlying medical conditions are not the cause for the increase in stress and symptoms of anxiety, the next step is to talk about whether counseling, therapy, or cognitive behavioral therapy would be an easier, more cost- effective form of treatment for the patient. While medication paired with therapy tends to be the most successful form of treatment for anxiety, counseling, and therapy alone are a great place to start the process.
Studies show that stress and anxiety can be incapacitating, and have the potential to lead to panic attacks and negatively affect the quality of life, whether through sexual performance, work performance, family dynamics, relationship struggles, social anxiety, and more. A combination of medicine and counseling or therapy has been proven to be most effective in treating anxiety.
Don’t hesitate to take back control of your quality of life; if you live in the greater Denver area, finding treatment is as easy as contacting Colorado Primary Health Care. Dr. Andy Fine and the team at CPHC are proud to offer a variety of non-addictive and non–habit–forming steps and treatments that can assist in the alleviation of stress and anxiety.