Do you currently suffer, or have you recently suffered from, the following?
- Anxiety and/or worry about a number of events, such as work, financial matters, school performance, etc.
- Difficulty in controlling the worry
- Restlessness, feeling keyed up or on edge
- Being easily fatigued
- Difficulty concentrating, mind going blank
- Muscle tension
- Restless sleep or difficulty falling or staying asleep
If you answered Yes to three or more of the above, you may be suffering from generalized anxiety. (There are also more specific forms of anxiety, such as social phobia and panic.)
You are not the only one who regularly has one of “those days.”
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the US
- 1 in 5 Americans struggle with anxiety
- Individuals suffering from anxiety are 3-5 times more likely to go to the doctor, as anxiety often mimics physical illness
Anxiety can be a debilitating, exhausting hurdle to clear day after day—but there really is help.
Stress, physical discomfort, persistent worrying and obsessing fear of social situations and other phobias, as well as panic attacks are all various forms of anxiety. Although anxiety is experienced in numerous forms, ranging from the concretely physical to the intensely emotional, it is a condition for which psychotherapy is particularly well-suited. As with depression, anxiety falls along a continuum from mild to severe. Fairly disruptive anxiety, which often results in panic attacks and unhealthy physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, can be addressed with various, highly effective anti-anxiety medications. Even so, psychotherapy is essential to the understanding of the core issues leading to anxiety in such cases. In cases of more moderate anxiety, therapy alone is often enough to treat the unwanted symptoms. CBT therapy can be especially useful in treating anxiety, teaching the client various relaxation methods and other structured strategies for dealing with stress. Often, unresolved issues with family can trigger or exacerbate anxiety. Pscodynamic counseling helps the client resolve “unfinished business” with one’s family.
Anxiety may be experienced as a result of some significant life change, or may seem to come “out of the blue”. Dramatic shifts in one’s life role, such as marriage, changing jobs, going off to college, the loss of a loved one, etc., are likely triggers of anxiety. Anxiety is also commonly experienced when one feels unable to express certain emotions such as fear, anger, or disappointment. The therapist helps the client better define him or herselfthroughout stressful life transitions and situations, teaching more adaptive ways to manage emotion. In addition, developing a stronger sense of self identity helps the individual remain relatively secure even when powerful emotions and stressors are abundant.
Panic is a particularly disruptive form of anxiety. Many individuals suffer from “panic attacks,” which are relatively brief episodes of compressed anxiety that seem to arise out of nowhere, or may seem linked to a particular circumstance. For example, many individuals suffer from “agoraphobia,” which means “fear of the marketplace.”Such an individual might feel uncomfortable in crowded places, such as when watching a film in a movie theater. They might feel that they are stuck or trapped in this situation, yet still feel that it would be socially awkward to exit the theater suddenly.
Similarly, many individuals suffer panic while flying, driving, riding an elevator, attending a business meeting, or any other circumstances where full control is not possible. Other individuals may feel panic that seems to come and go for no clear reason whatsoever. Panic disorder psychology is vast and varied. As such, panic attacks are unique to each person’s personality, background, and life experiences.
Untreated, panic attacks tend to worsen over time, further limiting the individual’s enjoyment of his life. As with other forms of anxiety, such as social phobia, panic is often treated with a combination of anti-anxiety medication and psychotherapy. Whereas the medication addresses the most immediately disruptive symptoms of a panic disorder, therapy goes deeper to address core issues that are likely affecting one’s life in other, seemingly unrelated areas. CBT, and psychodynamic approaches are very effective in treating panic disorder, as both are commonly used methods of therapy for panic disorder.
Don’t let panic disorders upset the quality of your life. With panic disorder treatment facilitated by our panic disorder specialists, you’ll be prepared when a panic attack suddenly strikes.