Treatment for Anxiety
For some people, anxiety is a “false alarm” that they can’t turn off. We tend to trust how we feel…and if you always feel uncertain, worried and on-edge it’s very difficult to enjoy life. My goal is to help you determine the difference between rational and irrational worry, develop strategies for dealing with worry, and learn coping skills to effectively live with the inevitable anxiety that is part of life.
Symptoms of Anxiety:
- Excessive and persistent daily worry about several life circumstances that have no factual or logical basis
- Symptoms of motor tension such as restlessness, tiredness, shakiness, or muscle tension
- Symptoms of autonomic hyperactivity such as palpitations, shortness of breath, dry mouth, trouble swallowing, nausea, or diarrhea
- Symptoms of hypervigilance such as feeling constantly on edge, concentration difficulties, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and a general state of irritability
- Feeling stuck in obsessive or ruminating thought patterns
- Difficulty coping with emotional distress
Other symptoms of anxiety may include:
- Repetitive behaviors designed to alleviate anxiety. These behaviors can include nail biting, skin picking, and even cutting (please see Self Destructive Behavior Section for more information)
- Ritualized behaviors that can interfere with daily life activities such as, leaving the house, eating, showering, and going to bed.
- Patterns of difficulty trusting yourself and others
- Shyness or social avoidance
- Self-medicating with eating, drinking, or abusing medications
- Avoidance and procrastination
It is possible to stop the alarm so that you are in control of your thoughts and worries, not the other way around.
If you are ready to stop the false alarm and take control of your life, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment if you would like more information.