Do you feel like anxiety is taking over your life?
Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try?
It’s normal to feel anxious about certain things, like if you’re nervous about a presentation or you’re worried about a job interview. But if you feel anxious all the time, you may need help from a professional. You can find relief and learn ways to manage these feelings.
Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears. Counseling helps you to learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.
If you’re tired of anxiety controlling your life, please contact me today for an appointment.
What is Anxiety?
According to the DSM-V, anxiety disorders share features of excessive fear, anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Fear being the emotional response to real or perceived imminent danger, while anxiety is the anticipation of a future threat. Avoidance behaviors and panic attacks are sometimes present with anxiety disorders. The anxiety diagnoses differ based on the types of objects or situations that induce fear, anxiety, or avoidance behavior, and the content of the associated thought or belief.
Do you have anxiety? Below are the symptoms of anxiety:
- Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
- Feelings of danger, panic or dread
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
- Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder
- Racing thoughts
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Treatment for Anxiety
- Exposure therapy
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
- Relaxation techniques
A combination of treatments is sometimes necessary. Psychotherapy and medication used simultaneously have been shown to be more effective than using medication alone.
Facts About Anxiety…
- Did you know that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States? It affects 40 million adults in the United States, or 18.1% of the population each year.
- Anxiety disorders are very treatable with the use of counseling and medication, but only 36.9% of those with anxiety receive treatment.
- People with an anxiety disorders are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
- Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, environment, and life events.
- Anxiety disorders affect 25.1% of children between the ages of 13 and 18 years old.
- Research shows that untreated children with anxiety are at a higher risk to perform poorly in school, avoid important social experiences, and more likely to engage in substance use.
*Facts provided by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
Don’t wait to get help for a very treatable problem! You CAN get relief from your worry and anxiety.