Feelings of anxiousness, excessive worry, or extreme muscular tension can all be signs of anxiety. All of us experience some degree of anxiety or stress from time to time. In fact, some anxiety can actually improve our performance in the short term, but when the level of anxiety regularly interferes with the enjoyment of everyday life, it can become an Anxiety Disorder. Many individuals suffering from Anxiety Disorders find that stress and anxiety therapy strategies, such as targeted counseling and psychotherapy, are the solution to getting back to feeling like themselves again.
Anxiety Disorders come up with a variety of symptoms and contexts:
- Panic disorder-A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause
- Phobias-A phobia is a persistent, excessive, unrealistic fear of an object, person, animal, activity, or situation. A person with a phobia either tries to avoid the thing that triggers the fear or endures it with great anxiety and distress
- Social Anxiety Disorder-Sometimes referred to as social phobia, is a type of anxiety disorder that causes extreme fear in social settings. People with this disorder have trouble talking to people, meeting new people, and attending social gatherings. They fear being judged or scrutinized by others. They may understand that their fears are irrational or unreasonable, but feel powerless to overcome them.
- Separation Anxiety Disorder-Separation anxiety is a normal stage in an infant’s development, as it helps children understand relationships and master their environment. It usually ends around 2 years old, when toddlers begin to understand that a parent may be out of sight right now but will return later. The key feature of separation anxiety disorder, however, is when the anxiety exceeds what might be expected given a person’s developmental level
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder-(GAD) is characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things. People with GAD may anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. Individuals with GAD find it difficult to control their worry. They may worry more than seems warranted about actual events or expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern.
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that develops in some people who have experienced a shocking, scary, or dangerous event. It is natural to feel afraid during and after a traumatic situation. Fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to help defend against danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a typical reaction meant to protect a person from harm. Nearly everyone will experience a range of reactions after trauma, and many people recover from initial symptoms naturally. Those who continue to experience problems may be diagnosed with PTSD. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened, even when they are not in danger.
Do I Have Anxiety?
Some common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep problems (such as insomnia)
- Heart palpitations
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Feelings of danger, panic, or dread
- Feeling like they are out of control
- Shortness of breath
- Extreme avoidance of certain places or situations
Why Stress and Anxiety Therapy
Seeking therapy to treat an Anxiety Disorder can be a first step in finding relief from your symptoms and to recognizing the triggers that cause your body to react with an anxious response.
Other benefits of stress and anxiety therapy include:
- Learning to apply individualized stress management techniques
- Increase in self-confidence
- Accurately evaluating the issues that cause anxiety or fear
- Increase in coping skills
Contact Montgomery Counseling Group
You don’t have to continue to suffer from anxiety. At the Montgomery Counseling Group, we want to help your find your way back to fully enjoying your life again. It Gets Better. If you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety, don’t hesitate to reach out. We also invite you to browse our mental health resources for additional information.
Our goal is to individualize our counseling and psychotherapy services for each client utilizing evidence-based techniques like CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, EMDR (Eye Motion Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Clinical Hypnosis to help our patients.
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