What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of excessive, strong worry and fear about normal everyday situations. It is usually characterized by tension, increased blood pressure, and feelings of worry about a potential future event. Anxiety disorders are often accompanied by intense fear—panic attacks—that peaks within a few minutes. The panic may be difficult to control and does not reflect real immediate threats.
What are the Major Anxiety Disorders?
Panic Disorder - Intense panic attacks may lead to a general fear of subsequent feelings of terror and dread. As a result, sufferers will start to restrict activities and behavior in an attempt to limit future attacks. This restriction may have an adverse effect on work and social interaction.
Phobias - Intense fears of objects or situations may include animals or taking certain forms of transportation. Social phobias entail a fear of being in public or everyday social situations in school or the workplace.
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Thoughts and routines may develop that seem uncontrollable and excessive. The behavior rituals are often seen as a preventive measure against undesired feelings. While the term is often used in regular speech to refer to eccentric behavior, someone suffering from the disorder repeats detrimental behaviors without the ability to regularly exercise self-control.
Why Seek Professional Help?
As a professional psychotherapist offering anxiety counseling, I have experience and training for treatment of highly specific anxiety disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is effective for teaching skills to reduce anxiety symptoms. The approach improves and builds upon successful symptom reduction to help a person return to the activities that have been prevented by the disorder. It's an easy-to-understand, action-oriented system of procedures that gives you clear goals. At every step,clients feel more aware of the disorder and how they progress towards behavior change.
Please contact me to further discuss your current anxiety symptoms and to schedule a first appointment.