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Anxiety Specialist

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Aaron Dodini, M.S., M.A., Ph.D.

ADHD Specialist & Clinical Psychologist located in D.C. Metro Area, Arlington, VA

Anxiety is a normal emotional reaction to stressful events or activities. In most people, anxiety is a short-lived emotion that goes away once the stress is gone. However, when your anxiety fails to go away or creeps up when you’re faced with nonstressful situations, you may be struggling with an anxiety disorder. Aaron Dodini, MS, MA, PhD, is an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) specialist at Dodini Behavioral Health in Arlington, Virginia. Though anxiety and ADHD are different conditions, they often go hand-in-hand. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, nervousness, or fear that develops when facing a stressful or new situation. It’s normal to feel anxiety before a big test or job interview. This anxiety makes you more alert and responsive, often benefiting you during these stressful situations.

However, when you feel anxious all the time about everyday things like your bills or your health, then you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are a type of mental health condition that affects your daily life.

Dodini Behavioral Health specializes in treating anxiety disorders, especially when they co-occur with other mental health conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

What are the types of anxiety disorders?

There are many types of anxiety disorders. Each has different triggers but causes similar symptoms. Types of anxiety disorders include:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

GAD causes you to feel excessively uneasy or worried about everyday things like your job, finances, or health. Your constant worry may affect your ability to manage your day-to-day responsibilities.


Phobias cause an extreme fear of things or places you think may cause you harm. Fear of spiders and flying are examples of phobias.

Social anxiety disorder is also a type of phobia. With this disorder, you fear and avoid social situations because you think you’ll embarrass yourself or be judged harshly by others.

Panic disorder

A panic disorder is a type of anxiety that involves frequent and unexpected panic attacks. A panic attack causes an intense, paralyzing fear that lasts a few seconds or a few minutes.

People with a panic disorder may constantly worry about their next attack, avoiding places or activities they fear may trigger an attack.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety disorder symptoms vary depending on the type. However, common symptoms include:

  • Heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Tense muscles
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nightmares
  • Difficulty sleeping

If you have these symptoms, Dodini Behavioral Health can help. 

How is anxiety treated?

Your therapist at Dodini Behavioral Health customizes your anxiety treatment plan based on type, symptoms, and underlying cause. Your treatment plan may include a combination of psychotherapy and anxiety medication.

Dodini Behavioral Health specializes in diagnosing and treating adult ADHD. Though anxiety and ADHD are separate conditions, they often go hand-in-hand. 

You may find that once you realize your anxiety is a manifestation of undiagnosed ADHD and you get the right treatment, your anxiety symptoms improve.

For a patient-centered approach to anxiety care, call Dodini Behavioral Health or schedule an appointment online today.