Anxiety Treatment

Every person experiences some anxiety in their life. The caution that comes with it has benefitted human survival for millennia. However, an individual sometimes develops an anxiety disorder, leading to fear without benefit.

Timothy Gioe, APRN, and our dedicated team work with patients to alleviate the effects of anxiety disorders and improve mental health. Call Crescent City Psychiatric at (985) 249-1322 to learn about anxiety treatment and how it could help you.

Understanding Anxiety: Treatment, Types, and Symptoms

Despite affecting over 40 million Americans 18 and older, anxiety treatment only reaches about 36% of them. The stigma against mental illness could partially cause this gap. However, it’s important to remember that having an anxiety disorder is not a personal failing, and help is available.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a form of fear that can be healthy for human development within reason. Healthy amounts of fear protect us from harm and help us grow. However, intense fear that appears frequently or affects daily life is no longer helpful and may indicate an anxiety disorder.

While some symptoms can overlap, types of anxiety can vary greatly.


Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the most common. People with GAD often experience excessive worrying or pressure, even without a trigger to those emotions. Many individuals describe:

  • Muscle aches
  • Constant irritation
  • Sleeping problems
  • Difficulty concentrating


People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder often experience unwanted thoughts and repeat actions to prevent or soothe them. For example, an obsession could be fearing death when leaving a door open. Then the compulsion, or ritual, would be checking behind the door several times before closing it.

Other symptoms include:

  • Uncontrolled compulsions or rituals
  • Extended time focused on these behaviors
  • Receiving temporary relief from the rituals


Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder often develops after experiencing terrifying events, like natural disasters, military combat, accidents, or abuse. Certain stimuli may cause the symptoms to appear, leading to avoidance of situations or things related to their triggers. PTSD can be temporary or chronic.

Some symptoms include:

  • Sudden mood changes
  • Feelings of guilt or anger
  • Flashbacks or bad dreams

Panic Disorder

Individuals with this disorder experience sudden episodes of intense fear called panic attacks. These episodes can occur frequently, often without a clear trigger, and have very physical reactions, such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Sweating
  • Trembling

A person with an anxiety disorder can have a panic attack without a panic disorder. Professionals diagnose panic disorders based on their frequency and other factors.

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

Anxiety symptoms often appear from exceedingly stressful situations or trauma. However, individuals can have a genetic or neurological predisposition toward anxious thoughts. Common emotions that come with anxiety include:

  • Restlessness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Uneasiness
  • Worry
  • Phobias (intense, often irrational fears)

If you find you have felt the same anxious symptoms for over three months, you may have an anxiety disorder. When these feelings interfere with your daily life, anxiety treatment can help.

How Is Anxiety Treated?

Medical providers diagnose anxiety disorders through an evaluation to see if you meet the criteria. They may refer you to a specialist, like a psychiatrist, to begin a treatment plan.

A specific type of medicine, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can treat and manage some anxiety symptoms. Your provider may prescribe SSRIs like Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, and Celexa to treat anxiety.

Some patients may need a benzodiazepine, a medication that helps alleviate neural overreaction. A psychiatrist can prescribe them in addition to suggesting other lifestyle changes. 

Taking prescribed medicines is just one way to manage anxiety. This treatment works better when combined with counseling, meditation, and exercise can help reduce anxiety symptoms.

To schedule an evaluation and learn about anxiety treatment, please complete our online New Patient Intake Form. Crescent City Psychiatric staff reviews each submission and will help you schedule a new patient appointment. You can also call us at (985) 249-1322.

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What People Are Saying

nothing but great things to say about him

 “Since opening my counseling private practice, Tim Gioe has been my go-to referral source for all of my clients in need of medication management. He is knowledgeable, professional, and a pleasure to collaborate with. The clients who I have referred to Tim have had nothing but great things to say about him. They have commented on how nice he is, that he is easy to talk to, and have reported feeling notable improvement since beginning psychotropic medication treatment with him. I too have recognized the benefits my clients have gained from seeking medication management with Tim. It is a wonderful adjunct to the therapy I provide my clients. Tim will most certainly continue to be my go-to referral source for future clients.”  

Priscilla Hurd, LPC, M.Ed.

I have seen numerous clients turn a corner in their struggles for mental wellness."

Working with Tim has been a pleasure. He is professional, kind, knowledgeable, and a man of honesty and integrity. My clients who have worked with him report the same, and, most importantly, that Tim has successfully assisted them in gaining an edge on their various mental health obstacles via prudent medication management. With Tim’s assistance, I have seen numerous clients turn a corner in their struggles for mental wellness.”

Christopher Harris, LCSW

I am happy to recommend him to my patients

 “Tim has been a great resource for my patients. They appreciate his down to earth demeanor and feel that he listens and hears what they are telling him. As a mental health professional, I have seen my patients improve in response to the interventions Tim has recommended. I am happy to recommend him to my patients and consider him a valuable resource.”  

Dr. Leslie Higgins, PsyD

they feel at ease and reassured working with Tim.

 “I so enjoy collaborating with Tim. He’s accessible to both providers and his clients. Referring to him has been a great relief for me as a practitioner. My clients are able to get in to see him without waiting months and the feedback I hear from each of them is that they feel at ease and reassured working with Tim. ” 

Jennifer Malone, LCSW LLC

caring attitude with patients

 “I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Gioe for several years, both as a teacher and as his collaborative psychiatrist. Throughout the time I have worked with him, he has shown himself to be an extremely conscientious and hard-working young man. He has a thirst for knowledge, yet maintains a caring attitude with patients. He has exhibited excellent clinical skills and works well with people. I have high reserve for this young man and can recommend him highly without hesitation or reservation.”  

Dr. Robert Dahmes, MD, DLFAPA