About Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal response to a situation in which we experience one or more stressors. Anxiety prompts us to seek a safer, more familiar, more comfortable environment or situation. Often, however, anxiety becomes excessive.

When this is the case, one may know that a situation is not dangerous, but cannot help feeling frightened or engaging in behaviors that may feel impossible to control. Consequently, people with significant anxiety may avoid the people or situations they perceive to be associated with the anxiety.

The following are common anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (or Social Phobia)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Anxiety Causes

Anxiety is a physical and emotional response to a real or perceived threat. Genetic, psychological, environmental and developmental factors impact the regulation of anxiety.

Anxiety manifests in a variety of ways, but most often involves excessive fear and dread. Other symptoms include:

  • Feelings of panic or fear of dying
  • Physical symptoms including rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, trembling, sweating, numbness and tingling sensations
  • Avoidance of the people, places or situations most closely associated with anxiety
  • Inability to sleep or to be still and calm
  • Repetitive thoughts related to fears that are difficult to control
  • Excessive, unrealistic, chronic worry about everyday life events and situations

Anxiety Treatment

Treatment for anxiety often includes medication and psychotherapy. Medication often controls the intensity of anxiety symptoms, which can bolster the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy is essential in assisting the person to develop the skills and strategies to better manage fears and physical symptoms related to anxiety.

Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety often impacts both body and mind. Relaxation training is a therapeutic tool designed to calm the body, decrease stress and cope with fears. Psychotherapy is a crucial component of anxiety treatment
that addresses fears and aims to enhance one’s ability to respond to that which is uncomfortable.

How do I get started?

If you or someone you care about is experiencing a few of the symptoms described above, anxiety treatment should be considered. This includes an initial evaluation and a treatment plan tailored to your goals. If you have questions and would like a free 10-minute consultation, call or email today. We look forward to the opportunity to provide you the quality of care you deserve.

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