While many people experience anxiety at some point in life, those with an anxiety disorder feel anxious or worried all of the time. It is also much stronger than for most people. These feelings can get so bad that they get in the way of performing daily activities, going to work or school, and can damage relationships. There are three main types of anxiety disorders:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder. Together they are some of the most common mental health conditions affecting people today.
Anxiety disorders can affect people in many different ways. The most common types include:
Here, people are extremely worried about nearly every type of situation and stressor in life. They will stress even when there may be no obvious reason, or they will overly worry about an issue which could be remedied easily. Even getting through the day can be very difficult for these people.
This can be passed down through families and studies have shown that many areas of the brain are affected by it. It is known for the abrupt and ongoing attacks of extreme fear or panic. These are called panic attacks. It can feel like a heart attack, and the person can live in fear of when the next attack will strike. Frequently, people passionately avoid the triggers which set off a panic attack. This can cause people to have a hard time just living life.
This can also run in families. It usually causes people to fear to be around people. Mingling with others, even talking to them, can be terrifying for these people. Typically, these people worry what others are thinking of them, they are terrified of being judged, and will stress over public events. Making friends can be extremely difficult, and there is often some physical reaction experienced when interacting with others.
My approach to therapy is integrative. This means that the exact treatment used will be based on the person’s unique needs, how serious the anxiety is, and how the person is responding to various forms of therapy. If you would like to learn more, contact my office for guidance.
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