Anxiety Specialist

Sandhya Prashad, M.D. -  - Psychiatry - Depression Specialist

Houston Deep TMS Therapy & Ketamine

Sandhya Prashad, M.D.

Psychiatry - Depression Specialist located in Bellaire, TX

Anxiety that’s severe enough to cause emotional distress and physical discomfort affects 19% of adults. Sandhya Prashad, MD, at Houston Deep TMS Therapy has helped many patients overcome anxiety using a comprehensive approach that incorporates a balance of medication, psychotherapy, and innovative therapies, such as ketamine infusion and transcranial magnetic stimulation. When anxiety becomes constant and overwhelming, call the office in Bellaire, Texas, or book an appointment online.

Anxiety Q & A

When should I seek help for anxiety?

Everyone needs some anxiety because it triggers the physical response that energizes you to deal with people, places, and situations that are dangerous or make you fearful.

But sometimes anxiety becomes such a constant part of daily life that you become used to it, and it’s hard to know when it crosses the line to cause more serious mental and physical problems.

As a general guideline, when it becomes chronic and you’re stressed more often than not, anxiety is a problem.

If you’re often worried about future events or you purposefully avoid places and people due to anxiety, it’s time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Prashad.

It’s important to find a way to stop chronic anxiety, because it raises levels of the hormone cortisol, which then suppresses your immune system, increases your risk of heart disease and weight gain, interferes with sleep, and can trigger panic attacks.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety causes emotional and physical symptoms, including:

  • Excessive fear
  • Feeling irritable
  • Filled with dread
  • Extremely worried
  • Pounding heart
  • Sweating
  • Upset stomach
  • Insomnia

There are also about 10 different types of anxiety disorders, and each one has its own set of symptoms in addition to the general list. For example, phobias cause fear of something specific, such as spiders, while generalized anxiety disorder may cause fatigue and muscle tension. Panic disorder gives rise to severe heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain.

How is anxiety treated?

When treating anxiety disorders, Dr. Prashad tailors your treatment to the unique characteristics of your specific anxiety disorder. However, most treatment plans include medication to provide symptom relief and psychotherapy to help you identify and manage anxiety-producing situations.

If you have severe anxiety, or your symptoms haven’t improved with medication, Dr. Prashad may recommend one of these cutting-edge therapies:

Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation (dTMS)

During dTMS treatment, you sit comfortably in a chair and wear a helmet over your head. Specialized electromagnetic coils in the helmet send magnetic pulses deep into carefully targeted areas of your brain. These pulses stimulate nerve activity, which restores chemical imbalances and alleviates anxiety.

Ketamine infusions

When low doses of ketamine are given intravenously, the medication balances the activity of neurotransmitters in your brain, leading to rapid symptom improvement. Dr. Prashad precisely determines the optimal dose and stays with you throughout the 40-minute infusion.

If you’re ready to get long-lasting treatment for anxiety, call Houston Deep TMS Therapy or book an appointment online.