Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Everyone has concerns, possible worries, or feels nervous at times. However, for people living with an anxiety disorder, their anxiety persists and can get worse over time. This can interfere with work, school, family, friends, and personal relationships. Over time, anxiety disorders can grow to severely impair the quality of your life.

Common symptoms for people suffering with an anxiety disorder are:

Anxiety disorders are also the most common psychiatric disorders diagnosed in childhood and adolescence. Pediatric anxiety disorders that may begin in childhood include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder.

It’s important to know that you don’t have to live with anxiety and fear. Anxiety treatment can help, and for many anxiety problems, therapy is often the best treatment for anxiety. That’s because anxiety therapy treats more than just the symptoms of the problem. An anxiety therapist can uncover the underlying causes of your fears and worries, and teach you ways to relieve anxiety. You can learn how to relax. You can look at situations in new, less frightening ways, and develop better coping skills. Therapy can give you the right tools to overcome anxiety and the ability to use them.

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Understanding Anxiety Disorders and Symptoms

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are persistent worriers who suffer from chronic anxiety and overthinking nearly all of the time. Anxiety associated with GAD often shows in physical symptoms like fatigue, stomach upset, restlessness, and insomnia. If you’re troubled by a persistent feeling that something bad is going to happen you may need generalized anxiety disorder treatment. GAD treatment can help reduce anxiety, and resolve the constant worry and fears that distract you from your day-to-day activities.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

If you have obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), you may feel troubled by obsessions, such as a recurring worry that you forgot to turn off the oven or that your spouse might cheat on you. Generally, OCD is characterized by unwanted thoughts or behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control. You may also suffer from uncontrollable compulsions, such as washing your hands over and over. Obsessive compulsive disorder treatment may help you reduce anxiety and guide you through the process of conquering severe ocd issues.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Children with separation anxiety disorder may become agitated at just the thought of being away from mom or dad and complain of sickness to avoid playing with friends or going to school. Adults suffering from this may be in danger of losing a loved one, or suffering with a traumatizing event. While separation anxiety is a normal stage of development, if anxieties intensify or are persistent enough to get in the way of daily activities, you may have separation anxiety disorder. For children, pediatric anxiety disorders are associated with functional difficulty in childhood and tend to persist into adulthood. If you believe your child needs help, don’t hesitate to get a consult.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is marked by recurrent panic attacks that include symptoms such as sweating, trembling, shortness of breath or a feeling of choking, a pounding heart or rapid heart rate, and feelings of dread. Such attacks often happen suddenly, without warning. For this reason, anxiety and panic attacks go hand in hand. Anxiety panic attacks are actually one thing causing the other. People who experience panic attacks often become fearful about when the next episode will occur, which can cause anxiety and prompt changes or restrict normal activities. Those very same activities can then become primed to cause a panic attack.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia, can be thought of as extreme shyness. In severe cases, social situations are avoided altogether. Performance anxiety (better known as stage fright) is the most common type of social phobia. If you have a debilitating fear of being viewed negatively by others and humiliated in public, you may have social anxiety disorder. Considering that loneliness and isolation can trigger or worsen anxiety, social anxiety disorder treatment may help you connect with others help you start facing your fears.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be thought of as a panic attack that rarely subsides, and can occur in the aftermath of a traumatic or life-threatening experience. PTSD can develop after a severe physical or emotional trauma such as a natural disaster, serious accident or crime.  Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks or nightmares about the incident, hypervigilance, startling easily, withdrawing from others, and avoiding situations that remind you of the event. These thoughts can interfere with your everyday routine for months or years after the traumatic experience.

Phobias

Phobias are intense fears about certain objects, activities, or situations that are distressing or intrusive. In reality, these unrealistic or exaggerated fears present little to no danger, but you might go to extreme lengths to avoid the object of your fear. Unfortunately, avoidance only strengthens the phobia. Common phobias include fear of animals, fear of flying, and fear of heights.

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Get Help Dealing With Your Anxiety

Anxiety is an underrated but pervasive problem in most industrialized countries. Especially among young adults. People worry about the future, they’re worried about the present, and they worried about something past that might come back to haunt them. People are so worried about what might happen while they’re awake, they have to medicate themselves to sleep.

Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most widely-used therapy for anxiety disorders. Research has shown it to be effective in the treatment of panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder, among many other conditions. CBT addresses negative patterns and distortions in the way we look at the world and ourselves. Cognitive therapy examines how negative thoughts, or cognition, contribute to anxiety. Behavior therapy examines how you behave and react in situations that trigger anxiety.

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At its core, anxiety is the fear of the not knowing. More likely than not, you’re overthinking something that qualitatively may not happen. The problem is, people walk in the direction they’re facing. If your thoughts are focused on the negative, its almost impossible to avoid them. You’re afraid of what your mind is imagining. You’re creating fictitious scenarios and putting the most horrible twist on it possible. So part of the recovery process is teaching people how to think. There’s a good and a bad to all things. Knowing you are able to handle what comes in the future is key to helping you stay present and in control. When people realize that they’re in control, they’re anxiety tends to go down.

Make a choice to turn in a new direction! Call HCH Therapy and Counseling and get a free consultation. Let’s start taking steps towards tackling the worries that are persisting in your day to day life. The real challenge is training your mind to interpret the same information differently. You already know that anxious energy is not helping your life. Let’s work together on something new, and gain the tools you need to free your mind from being arrested by anxiety.

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HCH Therapy and Counseling can help you work through your anxiety disorder, or other anxiety related issue. Our aim is to make all the mental health services we provide both accessible and affordable. We accept many insurances, and have variable payment options based on financial need.