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Everyone experiences anxiety to a certain degree as part of their everyday life. However, sometimes anxiety can interfere with daily life. Whether it’s having more anxious symptoms than what matches the situation, a general feeling of being overwhelmed, or racing thoughts. Other times a person may meet criteria for a more formal diagnosis of an anxiety disorder. We help clients to develop coping skills to more effectively manage symptoms of anxiety and experience relief.
What is Anxiety Treatment?
It is professional counseling for individuals experiencing anxiety that is negatively impacting their daily lives. Usually anxiety treatment will involve individual counseling and/or group counseling utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) coping skills.
Signs and symptoms of Anxiety Disorders may include:
- Racing thoughts
- Constant or near-constant worry that can’t be eased
- Difficulty relaxing
- Overwhelming anxious feelings
- Panic attacks
- Sleep disruption (especially, difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep)
- Fear or dread that something awful will happen
You might also experience the following physical symptoms:
- Dry mouth
- Heart palpitations
- Shakiness or trembling
- Nausea or vomiting
If you recognize some of the above symptoms within yourself or a loved one, you are not alone! The Licensed Counselors at Encompass Hope are here to support you. Reach out for a free 15 minute phone or video consultation today.
Questions We Commonly Get
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is the body’s natural response to a stressful or dangerous situation. You might experience sweaty palms, a racing heart, muscles tension, and shortness of breath. These feelings usually subside shortly after the stressor resolves. For those with an anxiety disorder, this reaction is more intense, occurs frequently and can last hours, or even days. This causes individuals with anxiety disorders to tend to avoid anxiety-provoking situations, and creates difficulties with relationships, school/work performance and social activities.
What causes anxiety disorders?
Anxiety disorders can be the result of a number of factors, including, genetics, personality/temperament, environment, stress, and negative life experiences. Anxiety disorders can also be caused as the result of the use of chemical substances (drugs and/or alcohol).
What are the different types of anxiety disorders?
There are several different conditions that are classified as anxiety disorders, here is a list of some of the common conditions:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Persistent and excessive worry about a variety of different things.
Hoarding Disorder: Persistent difficulty discarding or parting with possessions because of a perceived need to save them.
Panic Disorder: Sudden and repeated attacks of fear that last for several minutes or longer called panic attacks.
Social Phobia: Intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation.
Specific Phobia: Intense, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger.
Agorophobia: Fear and avoidance of places that might cause you panic.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: A mental health condition triggered by a terrifying event, causing flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety.
Can children and teens have anxiety disorders?
Yes. Children and teens can be diagnosed and treated for anxiety disorders. A child’s first signs of an anxiety disorder might be complaints about stomach aches or headaches or avoidance of situations. A teen might display anxiety by avoidance of social situations, excessive fear of judgment or school avoidance
What are the treatment options for anxiety disorders?
The most common forms of treatment for anxiety disorders include medication, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or a combination of the two, along with exposure therapy. CBT is a problem-focused treatment that allows the individual to change unproductive thought patterns and gain control over unwanted behaviors. Exposure therapy is progressive desensitization to trouble situations. Relaxation strategies are also effective in helping to manage stress associated with anxiety.
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