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Practical Tips for the Anxious Bride and Groom

Congrats on your engagement! You have found that special person who completes you. Both of you are about to begin a brand new journey in your lives. To culminate your commitment to each other, you will celebrate this moment by having a wedding. This is one of the most beautiful and memorable times in a person's life because you get to share your union with friends and family.

However, there are some brides and grooms who may not be able to fully enjoy the ride of wedding planning or wedding day activities because they are suffering from an anxiety disorder. It is estimated that 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year are effected by anxiety. This disorder is the most common mental illness in the USA. However, anxiety disorders are very treatable, but only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

Many brides and grooms may be dealing with anxiety disorders such as:

Thinking of wedding may be too overwhelming because of  the uncertainty  and overestimating of threats that come with wedding planning and the actual wedding day. An anxious bride or groom may excessively worry about their wedding, want to avoid reminders of the wedding, believe that guests will judge them the during the ceremony/reception, or wonder if they will have a panic attack on the day.

The anxiety that you or your significant other may be experiencing can be addressed through careful planning and seeking helpful resources. There are professionals who are in the mental health and wedding industries that will be glad to help you have the wedding day experience you have always dreamed of.

Coping with Anxiety

Self Care

 Your Wedding Day Team

Enjoy the journey of wedding planning and your ceremony/reception. You and your significant other deserve to feel like rockstars on your special day.

We at Genesis Psychiatric Solutions are hear to assist you, if you like to know more please call (703)955-0916 or email

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Dr. Ifeanyi Olele Ifeanyi Olele, DO, MBA, MS, is a board-certified psychiatrist who sees adolescent and adult patients in the greater Washington DC metropolitan area at Genesis Psychiatric Solutions. Dr. Olele is a dedicated psychiatrist in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma-related stress disorders, and attention deficit disorders. Dr. Ifeanyi Olele is one of the few psychiatrists who utilizes psychotherapy (talk therapy) as part of his treatment plan.

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