Anxiety Specialist

Brian C. Hocking, PhD

Psychologist located in Charlottesville, VA

Anxiety is such an expected part of everyday life that it can be hard to know when it crosses the line and becomes a deeper problem. It turns out that 18% of all adults have such intense anxiety that they rely on therapy to overcome its impact on their life. Dr. Brian C. Hocking works with many patients who experience that degree of anxiety, helping them find relief from their symptoms. If you struggle with anxiety, please call the office in Charlottesville, Virginia or book an appointment online.

Anxiety Q & A

When should you seek help for anxiety?

You can experience anxiety every day over any number of challenges, but this feeling goes away once the source of your anxiety has passed. Anxiety becomes a more pressing concern when it persists and overwhelms your ability to cope.

When you have this type of anxiety, you may find it hard to control the intense feelings. Then you may try to prevent the anxiety by avoiding the situation or people that trigger your feelings.

Please consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Hocking when anxiety affects your relationships and activities.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety can cause a range of physical and emotional symptoms, such as:

  • Physical: upset stomach, restlessness, pounding heart, trembling, and sweating
  • Emotional: feeling tense, fearful, irritable, worried, or filled with dread

What is a panic attack?

Severe anxiety can cause a panic attack, which develops suddenly and causes acute symptoms that can make you feel like you’re having a heart attack. Those symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Tingling and numbness

After you have your first panic attack, your overall anxiety may increase because you never know when or if another panic attack might occur. This cycle can become debilitating when it’s not treated with therapy.

What are the different types of anxiety?

There are at least 12 different types of anxiety disorders. Some of the most common include:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

GAD causes chronic worrying and anxiety, often without a triggering event. Your anxiety may be over ordinary, daily issues and your worry is excessive in proportion to your circumstances.

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder causes an intense fear of social situations, as well as conditions in which you must perform. You may worry that you’ll be judged, rejected, or embarrassed.

Panic disorder

When you have panic disorder, you have recurring and unexpected panic attacks.


This type of anxiety disorder makes you fearful of public places or situations where you may feel trapped. If you have severe agoraphobia, you may not be able to leave your house. With less severe anxiety, you may be able to go a short distance or to familiar places.

How is anxiety treated?

Dr. Hocking talks with you and develops a customized treatment plan that includes therapy to effectively treat your anxiety disorder by helping you learn ways to cope with anxiety-producing situations.

When anxiety prevents you from living your life, call Dr. Hocking or book an appointment online.