Therapy for Anxiety

Therapy for Anxiety

Anxiety is Treatable

 

What is Anxiety?

Most people have occasional anxiety. This might include feeling nervous before a test or event, worrying about something, or even having trouble controlling worries. While temporary anxiety can be normal, if symptoms get worse over time, regularly occur or feel constant, and interfere with your daily life, you may have an anxiety disorder. Therapy can help it not control your life.

 

Types of Anxiety

There are various forms of anxiety:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder– People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) often experience excessive anxiety or worry about a number of things, most days, for at least 6 months, and this fear and anxiety can interfere in daily life. Symptoms can include
    • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
    • Feeling easily fatigued
    • Having difficulty concentrating
    • Irritability
    • Muscle tension
    • Difficulty controlling worry
    • Sleep problems
  • Panic Disorder- A panic attack is an unexpected occurrence of intense fear that may involve increased heartrate, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, or feeling out of control. Symptoms usually come on fast, and last a few minutes. When these attacks reoccur and you have concerns about having another attack and avoid certain situations, places, or behaviors, you may benefit for treatment for a panic disorder.
  • Phobias- Many people have an intense fear or aversion to a specific object or situation. People with a phobia may worry excessively about their feared object or situation, try to avoid it, and experience intense anxiety when they are faced with the object or situation. Common phobias include flying, heights, specific animals, shots, and blood.
  • Social Anxiety- People with social anxiety have intense fear in social or performance situations. They often worry about being embarrassed or others thinking negatively about them. They often try to avoid social situations, and this worry and avoidance can interfere in their lives.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder- People with OCD often have reoccurring and uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions) and/or behaviors they feel the need to repeat (compulsions). People with OCD may have obsessions, compulsions, or both, and these symptoms usually interfere in their lives. Common obsessions include thoughts of germs, taboo thoughts, aggressive thoughts, or thoughts about symmetry. Common compulsions include cleaning/handwashing, ordering/arranging, checking on things repeatedly, and counting.
  • Agoraphobia- People with agoraphobia often have intense fear in specific situations that cause a panic reaction. This can include open spaces, enclosed spaces, standing in lines, crowds, being away from home, or types of transportation.
  • Separation Anxiety- Many children experience separation anxiety, but adults can experience it as well. Separation anxiety is a fear about being away from people you are attached to due to worry something bad will happen to them while they are away from you. People will often try to avoid being separated or alone.

 

How is Anxiety Treated?

Anxiety is highly treatable. One of the most effective therapies for all forms of anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on shaping ways of thinking that contribute to anxiety, confronting fears, and relaxation skills.

Our thinking leads to our feelings and behaviors. By helping to teach people how to change and manage their thoughts, therapy can help people manage their feelings and change their behaviors. Ultimately resulting in reduced symptoms of anxiety and less problems in life.

CBT focuses on identifying, challenging, and changing the thoughts leading to anxiety. It helps teach you how to confront fears and stop avoiding situations. It also focused on relaxation skills to help you manage anxiety.

Medication can be a helpful form of treatment for anxiety. It will help manage symptoms but will not cure anxiety on its own. Therefore, medication is often used along with therapy. If you do not have a provider and are interested in medication management, referrals can be provided.

 

How Much Does Therapy for Anxiety Cost?

Every client has different experiences and needs, so there is no standard length of treatment. Most clients with anxiety see benefits quickly, and treatment can typically last 12-16 sessions. Some experience relief in a shorter amount of time, and for others it takes longer. The more a client participates within therapy, and in exercises between therapy appointments, the faster they typically experience symptom improvement.

Treatment for anxiety is billed at the current individual therapy rate. Please inquire with your insurance company if they cover you for mental health treatment and if you need a referral. You can see which insurances are currently accepted on the Services page or FAQ page.

 

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