Charles D. Weinstein, Ph.D.: Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Anxiety Disorders

There are a number of specific types of anxieties:

Anxiety disorders can be powerful, chronic, and debilitating. Individuals with anxiety disorders often suffer quietly and are hesitant to express their fears or struggles with others. These individuals often are perfectionistic and set unrealistic expectations for themselves.

Assessment of anxiety disorders involves gathering a developmental and clinical history, understanding the current symptoms, and completing behavioral symptom checklists.

The primary treatment for anxiety disorders is a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and medications. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, CBT can be attempted initially without medication. With children, CBT without medication usually is the initial treatment of choice. Medication is recommended if CBT is not effective.

Contact the following links to organizations with detailed information and resources regarding anxiety disorders:

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation