Therapy for Anxiety
Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.
TYPES OF ANXIETY
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder- excessive anxiety and worry about several events or activities
- Specific Phobia- fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation
- Social Anxiety Disorder- fear or anxiety about being judged, humiliated, or rejected in social interactions
- Panic Disorder- fear of experiencing a panic attack
- Agoraphobia- fear of using public transportation, being in an open or enclosed space, being in a crowd, or being outside of the home alone
SOME SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY
- uncontrollable worry
- excessive nervousness
- sleep problems
- muscle tension
- poor concentration
- increased heart rate
- upset stomach
- avoidance of fear
Treatment for Anxiety
- CBT techniques to identify and challenge unhealthy thinking patterns that create and reinforce anxiety
- Mindfulness-based techniques are used to stop overthinking, regulate your emotions, manage somatic symptoms at the moment, and help regulate the nervous system.
- Exposure techniques are used to create a plan to face anxiety-producing situations and gradually break the cycle of avoidance.
- Medication can help control the uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety while the client learns coping skills in therapy. The need for medication varies greatly, case by case.
- Integrating exercise into psychotherapy for anxiety can act as a healthy form of exposure to the physical symptoms of panic attacks, such as increased heart rate and sweating.
Research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy – as opposed to anxiety medication – treats more than just symptoms of the problem.
Therapy will help you break the cycle of anxiety by stopping avoidance mechanisms that result in reinforcing anxiety and making your fears and worries grow more powerful. Treatment focus on facing the issues rather than avoiding them.