Anxiety Specialist

Dr. Michael Billauer & Dr. Marci Reiss

Chiropractors & Weight Loss Physicians located in Marina Del Rey, CA

Around 6.8 million Americans experience generalized anxiety disorder each year. If anxiety symptoms disrupt your life, Michael Billauer, DC, and Marci Reiss, DSW, LCSW, at the Los Angeles Wellness Institute (LAWI) in Marina Del Rey, California, offer expert diagnosis and comprehensive, patient-focused care to help you resolve your fears and return to a healthy, active life. Call LAWI or make an appointment online today.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Anxiety disorder is a mood disorder that causes intense feelings of fear or nervousness. There are many different types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, and separation anxiety disorder.

Generalized anxiety disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder, or GAD, is marked by excessive anxiety without a logical reason. Symptoms usually last for six months or longer. Depending on the severity of the anxiety, you may have trouble going to school or work, interacting with your family, or completing everyday tasks.

Social anxiety disorder

Social anxiety disorder involves an intense fear of social situations and of being judged or humiliated by others. Social anxiety usually results in social isolation and feelings of shame.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a disorder that develops after witnessing or experiencing something traumatic. Signs of PTSD can begin immediately after the traumatic event or months or even years later. Common triggers include war, natural disasters, physical assault, and rape. Episodes of PTSD may be triggered without warning and may greatly impact your quality of life. People who have PTSD may experience flashbacks, be easily startled, and suffer from insomnia and nightmares.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

OCD is a disorder where you have the desire to perform particular rituals (compulsions) over and over again or experience intrusive and unwanted distressing thoughts (obsessions).


Phobias include fear of specific things from tight spaces (claustrophobia), fear of heights (acrophobia) and many others. If you have a phobia, you face powerful urges to avoid the feared object or situation.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

In addition to the feelings of intense fear and intrusive thoughts, anxiety also impacts your body. You may develop:

  • Headaches
  • Stomach aches
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle tension
  • Insomnia

The Los Angeles Wellness Institute (LAWI) recognizes the impact anxiety has on your quality of life and offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to significantly reduce and eliminate anxiety. The team helps you restore optimal mental and physical health so you can get back to living your fullest life.

How is anxiety treated?

Treatment for anxiety depends on your specific condition and needs. The doctors at LAWI provide a comprehensive assessment and then develop a personalized, multidisciplinary treatment plan. Your plan may include a combination of therapy, chiropractic care, and other treatments designed to enhance your overall health and wellness.

Depending on your needs, your doctor may provide different modalities of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-based therapy, or traditional psychotherapy to explore the underlying issues causing your anxiety and teaching you ways to control your intrusive thoughts and adjust your behavior.

Call LAWI or schedule an appointment online today for personalized treatments and therapy for anxiety.