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Center Point Medicine

Pediatric Hypnosis and Counseling located in La Jolla, CA & Syracuse, NY

When you live with anxiety, you can experience frequent high levels of stress and worry
that can disrupt your life and prevent you from participating in normal activities. If you
want expert help in managing your anxiety, contact Dr. Ran D. Anbar and the team at
Center Point Medicine in San Diego, California, La Jolla, California, and Syracuse, New
York. They use hypnosis to help you find internal resources to understand and cope with
anxiety. We are happy to announce that patients of all ages are treated at Center Point
Medicine. Ran Anbar, MD, Danielle Aretz, MD, Amy Chambers, NP, and Nadia Sarwar, MD
provide hypnosis therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults. Christine Sullivan,
PhD, FNP-BC offers hypnosis therapy for adults. Call or schedule a consultation online
today to

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a group of mental health disorders characterized by feelings of intense fear, worry, and stress. The different categories of anxiety are identified by their symptoms and triggers.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder is the most common form of anxiety. It’s characterized by extreme feelings of worry or fear about normal daily activities like work projects, school, family relationships, or errands.

Panic disorder

Panic disorder is another form of anxiety where you experience panic attacks. Panic attacks are episodes of extreme anxiety accompanied by physical symptoms like feeling that your heart is beating abnormally, shaking, sweating, and feeling short of breath.

Other common forms of anxiety include specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder.


What are common anxiety symptoms?

Anxiety causes a variety of symptoms, including:

Mental symptoms

  • Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
  • A sense of doom
  • Poor concentration
  • Insomnia
  • Avoidance behaviors

Physical symptoms

  • Increased pulse
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Fatigue


What causes anxiety?

The exact cause of anxiety is unknown. However, researchers and mental health specialists agree that a combination of genetic factors, family history, and environmental factors contribute to anxiety. Factors that increase your risk for anxiety include:

  • Trauma
  • Stress due to a medical illness
  • Excessive external stressors
  • Personal or family history of mental health conditions
  • Drug and alcohol use


How is anxiety treated with hypnosis?

At Center Point Medicine, Dr. Anbar and the other providers offer hypnosis and counseling sessions to help you learn to control your thoughts and behaviors and to calm yourself.

Hypnosis can be helpful in resolving anxiety. Your provider uses guided relaxation techniques to put you in a trancelike state of calmness and concentration in which you’re more open to positive suggestions and ideas.

While you’re using hypnosis, you can respond to questions from your provider to reveal the issues and experiences that lead to the development of your anxiety. This information can guide your counseling and form the foundation of therapies to help you learn to recognize anxious thoughts and respond to them in more healthy ways.

The practice of hypnosis can also teach you techniques to self-soothe and calm yourself when your symptoms spike. You can practice these relaxation techniques at home as part of your self-care.

Call or schedule a consultation online today for compassionate and customized care for anxiety.

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