Anxiety Specialist

Choi Choi, MD

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist located in Los Angeles, Torrance, CA

Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but if you experience anxiety that prevents you from participating in normal day-to-day activities, you may need help from a mental health professional like Choi Choi, MD. From his practice in Torrance, California Dr. Choi helps patients to learn and practice strategies to manage anxiety. If anxiety gets in the way of your life, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Choi today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a mood disorder characterized by intense worries or fears that you can’t easily overcome. These concerns often interfere with your day-to-day activities, relationships, and responsibilities.

While it’s normal to experience a certain level of anxiety or stress from time to time, anxiety disorder is more disruptive to maintaining normal lifestyle habits. For example, your anxious feelings tend to last much longer and are often unrelated to a specific event.

Anxiety disorder is typically categorized into three types: generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia.

What is the difference between the different kinds of anxiety?

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

If you have generalized anxiety disorder, you probably worry over numerous situations and stresses in your everyday life. You’ll typically experience anxiety and worry even when there is no obvious reason for it. You may obsess about issues that are often easily resolved and often find it difficult or exhausting to get through the day.

Panic Disorder

If you have panic disorder, you may experience sudden, repetitive attacks of intense fear or panic commonly referred to as a panic attack. Attacks are frequently described as feeling like a heart attack. You may develop a fear of panic attacks which can increase your anxiety levels on a daily basis. You may start to avoid triggers and withdraw from normal activities, which leads to further difficulties.  

Social Phobia

Social phobia is characterized by an intense fear centered around social interaction. Some people find it terrifying to interact with or even speak with people. Patients who experience social phobia, also called social anxiety, may worry about judgment from others, what they are thinking of them, and stress about public events.

How is anxiety treated?

Dr. Choi customizes treatment to address the specific needs and concerns of each individual patient. Some may benefit from a combination of therapy and medication while others may benefit from meditation and cognitive behavioral therapies.

Dr. Choi takes a holistic approach to helping his patients with anxiety and will want to know about your day-to-day habits, diets, and worries. This helps him to help you learn to manage and live with your anxiety without missing out on life.

If you suffer from anxiety and feel like it gets in the way of your life, call or book a consultation online with Dr. Choi today.