Anxiety affects one out of three Americans—and therapy can help. Most people live stressful lives today, so it’s normal to feel anxious every once in a while. But when anxiety goes beyond a normal reaction to everyday stress and begins to disrupt your life, it may be more than normal anxiety. It can affect work, relationships, recreational activities, and future plans and goals. It can make you feel fearful and stuck. Sometimes anxiety can become so intense that it leads to panic attacks, obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, or phobias.
- Excessive worry
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Avoiding people or places to avert feelings of anxiety or panic
- Physical reactions, including nausea or digestive problems, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, racing heart, and muscle tension.
Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for anxiety disorders, but there is no single treatment that works for everybody. A combination of proven techniques, tailored to each individual, can provide short-term relief and help to alleviate anxiety in the long run as well. Exercise combined with meditation, mindfulness as well as somatic and cognitive therapies have been found to be very beneficial. During therapy we will work together to determine your needs.
Medication is an additional option that can augment therapy when prescribed and managed by a medical doctor.