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Anxiety Specialist

Integrated MD Care

Palliative Care & Counseling located in San Diego, CA

Anxiety is an expected and natural emotion for people who face a serious or terminal illness. It’s also an emotion that negatively affects your health and well-being if it goes untreated. Bob Uslander, MD, and Rev. Elizabeth Semenova, MSW, MTS, at Integrated MD Care in Del Mar, California, have extensive experience helping patients cope with the complex anxiety that accompanies the challenges of illness and end-of-life care. If you struggle with anxiety, call the office or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation.

Anxiety Q & A

What triggers anxiety during serious and terminal illnesses?

When you’re diagnosed with a serious or terminal illness, it’s normal to experience fear, helplessness, and anxiety. However, your anxiety is grounded in issues that are significantly different from typical, everyday anxiety.

Your anxiety may develop to due concerns about:

  • The pain and other symptoms you may face
  • Not knowing what death feels like
  • The physical changes leading up to death
  • Your end-of-life choices
  • Choosing the best medical care
  • Understanding all your treatment options
  • Your religious or spiritual beliefs
  • How to deal with mental health challenges
  • How you can die with dignity
  • How you can have quality of life before dying
  • How your loved ones will cope with finances

Anxiety causes cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and physical symptoms. For example, you may have difficulty concentrating, feel apprehensive or distressed, become angry or aggressive, or feel nauseous.

Why do I need to talk about my anxiety?

Your anxiety only increases when you don’t talk about it. Additionally, not talking about anxiety and other mental health concerns such as depression affects your physical health.

Untreated anxiety can contribute to your physical discomfort. You may become restless or agitated, develop fatigue, have trouble sleeping, or experience a panic attack.

Beyond restoring a sense of calm and well-being, there’s another important reason to talk about your anxiety. You can’t face the end of life with peace and dignity while anxiety controls your emotions.

What services are available to help with anxiety?

You can take the first step toward getting help for your anxiety with a free phone consultation with Integrated MD Care. During your conversation, you should start to feel relief from your anxiety. 

Depending on the severity of your anxiety and your overall medical and emotional needs, you may benefit from one of the many services offered by the Integrated MD Care team, including:

  • Mental evaluation
  • Mental health guidance
  • Anxiety counseling
  • End-of-life counseling
  • Grief counseling
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Alternative treatment
  • Palliative care
  • Hospice care
  • Medical care

Whether you need an experienced physician, counselor, or an expert in alternative treatments such as music therapy and acupuncture, the holistic care you need is available from the team at Integrated MD Care. 

If you need help with anxiety or you have other questions about care for a serious or terminal illness, call Integrated MD Care or use the online booking feature to schedule your consultation.