Psychiatry & Alternative Medicine located in Virginia Beach, VA


About Anxiety

Anxiety can make you feel nervous, worried, and not like yourself. With a compassionate and holistic approach to care, psychiatry and alternative medicine specialist La Keisha Keneti, DNP, FNP-C, PMH-BC, and her team treat the underlying causes of anxiety to ensure long-lasting relief at Charis Mental Health Plus Integrative Care in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Call today or use the online booking tool to receive comprehensive care for anxiety symptoms.

Anxiety Q&A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a mental health condition that can make you feel nervous, restless, and worried in situations where you may perceive a threat, whether real or imagined. It can interfere with daily activities, relationships, and overall quality of life. 

With the appropriate treatment and coping strategies, you can manage your anxiety and regain a sense of control.

What does anxiety feel like?

Anxiety can cause a wide range of mental and emotional symptoms, including:

  • Persistent worry or excessive fear
  • Difficulty concentrating or focusing
  • Irrational thoughts or fears
  • Restlessness or feeling on edge
  • Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep
  • Irritability or agitation
  • Feelings of impending doom or danger
  • Muscle tension or headaches
  • Avoidance of certain situations or activities
  • Panic attacks or sudden feelings of intense fear or discomfort


With more than a decade of mental health nursing experience, Dr. Keneti offers comprehensive support and treatment strategies to help you manage anxiety and improve your well-being.

Can anxiety cause physical symptoms?

Anxiety affects many aspects of your physical health, including digestion, immune function, sleep quality, hormone regulation, and muscle tension. 

Many people with anxiety experience physical symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and heart palpitations. When you feel anxious, you may sweat, tremble, or experience shortness of breath.

Who is at risk of anxiety?

Anybody can get anxiety, but certain factors can increase your risk. You may be more prone to anxiety if you:

  • Have a family history of mental health conditions
  • Grow up in a chaotic or unstable environment
  • Have certain personality traits, including perfectionism, pessimism, or low self-esteem
  • Have a chronic disease
  • Experience stressful life events like divorce, grief, or job loss
  • Endure a traumatic experience, such as abuse or violence

Understanding your risk factors and health history is essential for Dr. Keneti and her team to create a personalized anxiety treatment plan.

What are the treatments for anxiety?

Dr. Keneti’s holistic approach to anxiety treatment may include a variety of strategies and interventions, including:

  • Medication management
  • Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Supplements
  • Herbal remedies
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Mindfulness
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Stress management techniques

Dr. Keneti may also recommend organic acid testing (OAT) to assess potential nutritional deficiencies or imbalances that might contribute to anxiety symptoms, allowing for a personalized approach to addressing underlying biochemical factors.

Call Charis Mental Health Plus Integrative Care today or use the online booking tool to schedule an anxiety consultation.