Do you have an anxiety disorder? Anxiety is the most common psychological condition in the U.S., even more so than depression or substance abuse. It affects over 40 million adults, almost 20% of the population. Most people have experienced anxiety at some point in their lives. According to recent estimates, health care costs and indirect costs such as loss of productivity amount to $42 billion per year, or almost 1/3 of U.S. spending on health care. Anxiety causes personal distress and maladaptive social behavior. Typical anxiety disorders include panic, phobias (for example, about spiders or snakes), social anxiety disorder, OCD and PTSD.
UCLA offers world-class treatment for anxiety and related disorders. A team of psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers lead by Dr. Alexander Bystritsky, M.D. Ph.D. will help you understand what triggers your anxiety, the feelings and thoughts that sustain it and the coping behaviors you engage in to avoid it. We offer medication management. We also run clinical trials exploring novel interventions, for example a revolutionary new technology called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). Because we are an academic medical center, our on-going research enables us to stay on the cutting edge of developments in clinical practice.
For a free telephone assessment of your anxiety disorder, please call(310) 206-5133. Visit our Facebook page or subscribe to our Twitter feed, uclaanxietydisorders. It's up to you to take the first step rather than letting anxiety control your life.
Director: Alexander Bystritsky