Therapist for Anxiety
Therapist for Anxiety
All of us deal with some form of anxiety at one point or another. Anxiety is a sense of fear and worry that something is wrong. Such feelings are common in people of all ages and backgrounds. Anxiety can be useful as it helps people focus on dangers. It can also help motivate people to solve their problems. But what happens when anxiety becomes all-consuming and overwhelming? Anxiety disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorders occur when one’s anxiety and panic interfere with and disable one’s daily life. A person may begin to feel anxious all the time about minor problems. The net result can be paralyzing as they find themselves caught up in anxious thoughts to exclusion of all else. For some, it can create considerable barriers in life, which can even impede with work or school. Anxiety can profoundly negatively impact one’s social, occupational, romantic, familial, and economic vitality and often interfere with personal growth. At Washington Psychological Wellness, our therapists specialize in helping individuals overcome the underlying causes of their anxiety symptoms and, therefore, lead a more fulfilled and balanced life. Therapist for Anxiety
How can I tell if I suffer from anxiety?
Anxiety is a fairly standard life experience, and it can sometimes even be a helpful tool for survival and motivation. However, anxiety becomes problematic when it interferes with daily functioning and prevents one from living their best life. According to a recent study published by the Mayo Clinic, common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Feelings of nervousness, restlessness, and tension
- A constant sense of impending danger, panic, or doom
- An increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilating
- Feelings of weakness and tiredness
- Trouble concentrating on anything besides worrying
- Trouble sleeping
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Difficulty controlling your fears and worry
- An urge to avoid new things
What are some common types of anxiety?
Agoraphobia – An anxiety disorder where you fear and often avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – Involves persistent worry that preoccupies the mind making it difficult to relax. You might feel that your mind is continuously moving from one worry to the next, expecting the worst.
Panic Disorder – Repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear. Symptoms include feelings of impending doom, shortness of breath, chest pain, and heart palpitations.
Separation Anxiety Disorders – A childhood disorder characterized by anxiety that is excessive in a child’s development and separation from parents or those who have parental roles.
Social Anxiety – You experience high levels of anxiety, fear, and avoidance of social situations due to feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness, and concern.
Do I need a therapist for anxiety?
If you’ve been experiencing anxiety, you likely feel powerless and out of control. Dealing with anxiety is mentally and physically draining. You don’t have to face this alone. Working with a safe and supportive outside perspective, you can work through difficult emotions and learn ways to gain more control over your body, your thoughts, and your life.
How can therapy for anxiety help?
At Washington Psychological Wellness, many of our therapists focus specifically on anxiety treatment and understand the thoughts, fears, and worries associated with it. Anxiety treatment focuses closely on listening to your body and learning how to recognize and address anxiety symptoms before they grow and escalate. In sessions, your therapist can help you understand how to cope with worries and physical sensations and help you develop methods for calming your body and mind. Through anxiety counseling, we can help you get to the root of your fears and discover new ways to combat your symptoms. Together, we will reduce your anxiety and help you live the life you have always wanted.
What are my next steps?
If you are ready to seek anxiety treatment, contact Washington Psychological Wellness today. Our therapists will work at your pace to help you sort through the underlying causes that are likely to maintain your anxiety symptoms while encouraging a strength-based focus for self-empowerment. We aim to guide and facilitate you through the process of self-discovery and to spark your internal resources, insight, and ability to grow and heal.
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