Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks, OCD, PTSD, and Genetic Testing

During these troubling times of pandemic anxiety, our clinicians at Potomac Psychiatry can alleviate your symptoms remotely, in the comfort of your own home. Whether you are currently in treatment with us, have been seeing another healthcare practitioner who doesn’t prescribe medication or has suspended their services, or face a long wait to be treated in-network, we are here to help.

Can you relate to any of the following?

  • I am experiencing anxiety attacks that are getting worse
  • I had a panic attack and am afraid that it will come back
  • I’m running out of my medication
  • I feel a sense of dread
  • I have trouble sleeping
  • Some nights I’m experiencing nightmares
  • I’m having crying spells
  • I have recurring thoughts and feelings that are distressing or disturbing
  • I have begun to use alcohol or drugs to calm myself down
  • My symptoms are getting in the way of doing my work, or caring for my loved ones

Learn More About Our Services Today

Please call (301) 327-0735 during business hours, or complete the form below.  We will reach out to you, listen to your concerns, and share information about how Dr. Kehr would address them.

If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

When you complete the form, we’ll aim to contact you by telephone within one business day to speak with you about our services and how we can help you or your loved one.

Wherever possible we will arrange to schedule your initial appointment within one business day of our first telephone call with you.

 

Imagine you could…

  • Be seen right away by a psychiatrist or therapist, remotely, using telepsychiatry
  • Achieve symptom relief through medications ordered electronically to your local or mail-order pharmacies (no need to hand carry a prescription, even for controlled substances)
  • Be provided a precise treatment roadmap based on cutting-edge science
  • Partner with a psychiatrist or therapist who will do whatever it takes to help you
  • Be prescribed medication tailored to your personal genetic makeup
  • If you are already seeing a therapist, continue in treatment with them while we prescribe medication
  • Feel hopeful that your dedicated team of practitioners can and will rapidly provide answers and solutions

You don’t have to imagine it.

Telehealth Diagnostic Evaluations and Treatment Services

Our Telepsychiatry Program will help you begin your healing journey by utilizing a Personalized Precision Psychiatry approach that is evidence-based and uniquely yours.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, please call (301) 327-0735 to contact us and schedule your first consultation.

Signs of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental health problems and have increased dramatically due to COVID-19. It is estimated they affect approximately 1 in 10 people. They are more prevalent among women than men, and they affect children as well as adults. Anxiety disorders are illnesses. They can be readily diagnosed and effectively treated.

But all too often, they are mistaken for mental weakness or instability, and the resulting social stigma can discourage people with anxiety disorders from seeking help. Realizing that they are medical disorders which can be treated will help to remove the stigma and encourage people with anxiety disorders to explore the treatments available.

Panic Disorder

As the name suggests, panic disorder is expressed in panic attacks which occur without warning, accompanied by sudden feelings of terror, dread, or doom.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

This is a condition in which people suffer from persistent unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or rituals (compulsions) which they find impossible to control.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an emotional illness that can develop after exposure to a terrible event or living through a terrifying experience that results in psychological trauma. Learn more about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment.

Post-Trauma

Post-trauma is the term used to describe an emotional response to a terrible event or repeating events such as an accident, violent act, physical abuse, sexual assault, war, or even a natural disaster. Learn more about Post-Trauma Treatment.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Characterized by repeated, exaggerated worry about routine life events and activities, this disorder lasts at least six months, during which time the person is affected by extreme worry more days than not.

Phobias

Phobias are divided into two categories: social phobia, which involves fear of social situations, and specific phobias, such as fear of flying, blood, and heights.

Social Phobia

People with social phobia feel a paralyzing, irrational self-consciousness about social situations. They have an intense fear of being observed or of doing something horribly wrong in front of other people.

Specific Phobias

Fear of flying, fear of heights, and fear of open spaces are some typical specific phobias. People suffering from a specific phobia are overwhelmed by unreasonable fears, which they are unable to control.

Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis is the first step to creating a proper treatment plan. Through the employment of the “Biopsychosocial Model” of diagnosis and treatment, your treatment team at Potomac Psychiatry can: determine what biological factors are contributing to your anxiety and stress problems, such as health status, medications used, genetic predispositions, alcohol and drug use, nutrition, and exercise patterns; explore psychological factors such as unconscious influences, childhood traumas, and “emotional sticking points” from the past; analyze social and environmental forces such as work-related stressors, and marital and family conflict; and probe for existential and spiritual factors related to emotional conflict, such as “Do I have sufficient meaning and purpose in my life?” Once the effects on your life of these contributing factors are understood, a personalized, mutually agreed-upon treatment plan can be established; and where appropriate your family members may be brought into the treatment planning development.