Anxiety Specialist


Anxiety services offered in Surprise and Peoria, AZ

Every day, 32% of adolescents and 19% of adults struggle with anxiety. If you experience anxiety more days than not, it's time to consider getting help from the team at Notre Dame Behavioral Health. They have years of experience helping anxious teens and adults with personalized treatment plans that ease anxiety and teach ways to calm the worry and dread. When anxiety stops you from enjoying your daily life, call the office in Surprise and Peoria, Arizona, or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

When should I get help for anxiety?

Everyone experiences anxiety when they face a stressful, threatening, or challenging situation. Anxiety triggers changes in your body that give you the energy to deal with the circumstance. Once the threat goes away, your body relaxes, and your anxiety disappears.

Anxiety turns into a mental health concern when it never seems to go away, or you feel like you're in a state of constant alert. When you structure your days to avoid the people and places that make you feel anxious, it's time to get help at Notre Dame Behavioral Health.

What are the different types of anxiety?

You could develop one of several types of anxiety disorders. A few examples include:

Generalized anxiety disorder

People with generalized anxiety disorder have excessive worry over everyday events, even when there's no obvious reason for them to feel anxious.

Social anxiety disorder

This disorder causes anxiety when you need to perform in front of others, meet new people, or any time others are watching you.

Separation anxiety disorder

People of all ages develop this type of anxiety when they're away from the significant people in their life. In many cases, the anxiety begins because you worry that harm will come to you or them when you're apart.

Specific phobias

A phobia is an irrational fear of a certain object, situation, or activity. A few common phobias include the fear of needles, heights, and spiders.


Agoraphobia refers to anxiety that occurs when you leave home alone, or you're in a crowded place.

What symptoms does anxiety cause?

Anxiety causes many emotional and physical symptoms, including:

  • Fear
  • Worry
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Rapid heartbeat

Anxiety can also cause a panic attack. Panic attacks appear suddenly and often feel like a heart attack because you have shortness of breath and chest pain. 

How is anxiety treated?

Your anxiety treatment may include medications, psychotherapy (talk therapy), or both. When you need medication, your mental health provider may recommend an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication.

Antidepressants do more than lift your mood. These medications also increase neurotransmitters that regulate anxiety. 

Notre Dame Behavioral Health typically prescribes anti-anxiety medications for a limited time. Or you may need an anti-anxiety medication that you only take when you have a severe anxiety or panic attack.

Several types of psychotherapy can help you overcome anxiety. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy teaches you how to change your thoughts in ways that reduce your reaction to anxiety-producing situations.

When you can't shake anxiety and dread, call Notre Dame Behavioral Health, or book an appointment online today.

Notre Dame Behavioral Health

Surprise Location: 14811 W Bell Road, Suite 100, Surprise, AZ 85374
Peoria Location: 10210 W Happy Valley Road, Suite 145, Peoria, AZ 85383