Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, and it can serve as a prompt to deal with difficult situations. However, when anxiety becomes excessive, it may fall under the classification of an anxiety disorder. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that almost one out of five people suffer from an anxiety disorder, making it the most common mental disorder in the United States.
This disorder is characterized by emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms that create an unpleasant feeling that is typically described as uneasiness, fear, or worry. The worry is frequently accompanied by physical symptoms, especially fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability, sweating, and hot flashes. Emotional symptoms include fear, racing thoughts, and a feeling of impending doom. People suffering from this type of condition often withdraw and seek to avoid people or certain places.
While generalized anxiety disorder is the most common, there are other related disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Our therapists are highly trained and qualified to treat people with anxiety disorders using techniques based on best available research. Our extensive training includes understanding and using a variety of psychotherapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
We can also offer family or couples psychotherapy to help family members better understand their loved one’s symptoms and learn new ways of interacting that do not reinforce the condition and associated dysfunctional behaviors. For more about how children experience this condition see this blog entry
The large majority of people who suffer from this condition are able to reduce or eliminate their anxiety symptoms and return to normal functioning after several months of appropriate psychotherapy. Indeed, many people notice improvement in symptoms and functioning within a few treatment sessions. The patient should be comfortable from the outset with the psychotherapist. The patient’s cooperation is crucial, and there must be a strong sense that the patient and therapist are collaborating well as a team to treat the anxiety disorder.
Individuals suffering from symptoms like these do not have to do so alone. If you or your loved one is struggling, call today!