Stress and anxiety are both parts of life, but when they become too frequent or intense, can greatly impair everyday life. Stress is what results from any situation that makes you feel frustrated or angry. Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension of fear. An Urgent Care LA doctor can help you determine if your anxiety would be best evaluated and treated by a mental health care professional.

You should call 911 for urgent care if:

  • You have crushing chest pain, especially with shortness of breath, dizziness, or sweating, as these signs of a heart attack are often confused with an anxiety attack.
  • You have thoughts of suicide.
  • You have dizziness, rapid breathing, or racing heartbeat for the first time or it is worse than usual.

You should contact an Urgent Care LA doctor if:

  • Your stress and anxiety levels leave you unable to work or function properly.
  • You cannot determine the cause of your anxiety.
  • You have sudden feelings of panic.
  • You have an uncontrollable or unreasonable fear.
  • You engage in repetitive, compulsive actions.
  • You experience weight loss, heat intolerance, feeling a lump in the front of your neck, or have protruding eyes, as this might be the result of an overactive thyroid.
  • Your anxiety comes from the memory of a traumatic event.
  • Your anxiety is persistent despite your attempts at self-care.

At Urgent Care LA, our doctors will take a medical history and a physical examination. If it is determined that your stress and anxiety is due to a physical problem, the doctors will tailor a treatment to your needs. If it is determined that your anxiety is not caused by a physical illness, you may be referred to a mental health care professional.

This is not a substitute for a professional, on-site medical diagnosis. Visit your doctor or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.