ANXIETY

 

Anxiety Disorders, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Specific Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Agoraphobia and Panic Disorders affect 40 million Americans a year.  The exact cause of anxiety disorders is unknown; however, anxiety disorder—like other mental illnesses—are not a character flaw or personal weakness.  

 

An Anxiety disorder can cause a significant impairment in daily life functioning.  An Anxiety Disorder is an exaggerated anxiety and tension that persists for months on end.  It causes people to anticipate “the worst” and worry excessively.  They experience ruminating and repetitive thoughts/worry about health, money, work, relationships and crowds.  

 

The excessive worry can cause depressive symptoms, panic attacks, and physical ailments (i.e., frequent colds, headaches, backaches, fatigue, trembling, irritability etc.). The disorder usually develops gradually and may begin anytime during life, although the risk is highest between childhood and middle age.  

 

We utilize Cognitive and Behavior approaches to assess, educate and monitor the anxious client.  We teach cognitive reframing, stress management, progressive muscular relaxation, conflict resolution, and problem-solving strategies.  

 

General Symptoms of Anxiety Include:

 

  • Feelings of fear, panic, uneasiness

  • Cold sweat hands/trembling

  • Insomnia

  • Excessive Worry/rumination

  • Heart palpitations/Shortness of Breath

  • Muscle tension/fatigue

  • Stomach discomfort/nausea/”butterflies”

  • Dizziness

  • Dry mouth

 

Other symptoms may include substance abuse (attempt to self-medicate), de-personalization (sense of leaving one’s body) or agoraphobia (fear of leaving one’s house).