Anxiety Specialist

Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD -  - Psychologist

Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD

Psychological Testing and Evaluation Therapist located in Beverly Hills

More than 18% of Americans live with anxiety, and 33% of adults experience anxiety at some point during their lives. Mindia Gabichvadze, PsyD, is a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) who helps you reduce and manage your anxiety with personalized psychotherapy. At his private practice in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Mindia takes an integrated approach to help you improve your health and wellness while also treating your anxiety. Call Dr. Mindia or schedule an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

It’s natural to feel anxious about moving to a new place, beginning a new job, starting a new relationship, or taking a test. This type of anxiety is unpleasant, but it may motivate you to work harder and to do a better job. Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes but does not interfere with your everyday life.

In the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with you all the time. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common forms of emotional disorders and can affect anyone at any age. It is intense and sometimes debilitating and may cause you to stop doing things you enjoy. In extreme cases, it may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left untreated, the anxiety will keep getting worse.

There are several different types of anxiety disorders that cause a wide range of fears and worries:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder: causes intense worries about everyday occurrences like work, home, and family
  • Panic disorder: characterized by episodes of extreme fear combined with physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, sweating, and dizziness
  • Social anxiety disorder: fear of rejection or humiliation in social situations
  • Separation anxiety disorder: intrusive fears of losing someone you care about
  • Specific phobias: an intense fear of a particular thing, such as flying or spiders

If you’re living with profound fears and worries that disrupt your life and relationships, you should talk to Dr. Mindia for compassionate and customized psychological care.

What are some of the common signs of anxiety?

In addition to intrusive and excessive fears and worries, anxiety also causes a range of other disruptive symptoms, including:

  • A sense of impending doom
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Poor concentration
  • Disrupted sleep
  • Changes in appetite
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Gastrointestinal problems

You may also go out of your way to avoid certain situations or places that trigger your anxiety, which can limit your activities and quality of life.

How is anxiety diagnosed?

Dr. Mindia provides comprehensive initial assessments to develop an understanding of your symptoms, lifestyle, and overall wellness. He asks gently probing questions to identify symptoms and issues to confirm your diagnosis while getting to know you. Assessments may take a little longer than your regular appointment.

How is anxiety treated?

As a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP),  Dr. Mindia provides compassionate, reliable, expert psychotherapy to help identify factors that increase your anxiety or make it worse. Through psychotherapy you’ll be able to acquire valuable tools, including coping and behavioral techniques, to help you manage your fears and worries.

He uses an integrated approach, combining traditional psychotherapy practices such as cognitive behavioral therapy with Eastern philosophies of health. For example, in addition to your talk therapy sessions, Dr. Mindia may encourage you to practice mindfulness, a type of meditation that helps you stay focused on the present moment instead of worrying about the future.

If you think you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder, including panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, illness anxiety disorder (formally called hypochondria), or PTSD, call or book an appointment with Dr. Mindia today.

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