Anxiety Specialist

Robert Lynn Horne, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Robert Lynn Horne, MD

Psychiatrist located in Las Vegas, NV

Anxiety is a common problem, but when it becomes chronic, it can interfere with a person’s quality of life. In some cases, this condition can be completely debilitating. Dr. Robert Lynne Horne can diagnose patients with anxiety disorders and provide effective treatment to help them deal with these conditions. If you’re struggling with the symptoms of anxiety, please contact Robert Lynne Horne, MD, to make an appointment for anxiety treatment in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of intense or excessive worry. This worry may focus on a specific situation or fear, or it may be general uneasiness.

Everyone experiences anxiety at some time during their lives. However, when anxiety is severe and/or persistent, it becomes a disorder. Several different anxiety disorders exist, including:

  • Specific phobias
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Some patients may suffer from more than one anxiety disorder.

What causes anxiety disorders?

Scientists don’t fully understand the cause of anxiety disorders. However, certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of developing an anxiety disorder. Risk factors for anxiety disorders include:

  • Having certain medical disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome
  • History of trauma
  • Certain personality types
  • Significant exposure to stress
  • Having other mental health problems
  • Withdrawal from drugs or alcohol

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Different types of anxiety disorders may cause different symptoms. However, some of the most common symptoms of these disorders include:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Continuous worry
  • Avoiding things that trigger feelings of anxiety
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Increase heart rate
  • Rapid breathing

People with anxiety often experience symptoms in the form of an “attack.” However, symptoms may also be continuous.

How does Dr. Horne diagnose this condition?

Dr. Horne diagnoses anxiety based on the results of a physical exam and a psychiatric evaluation. You’ll receive the formal diagnosis of an anxiety disorder if you meet the criteria outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

What treatments are available?

Most patients with anxiety disorders benefit from psychotherapy. The purpose of this therapy is to help you understand your anxiety and control your symptoms. The most effective form of psychotherapy for patients with anxiety is cognitive behavioral therapy, which focuses on teaching you to respond differently to anxiety triggers.

In some cases, Dr. Horne may also recommend medication to patients who struggle with anxiety. Common medications used for anxiety include sedatives and certain antidepressants. You may take these medications daily, or you may take them only as needed.