We all experience anxiety at times in our lives. Often it is a useful indication that there is a danger or situation that requires your attention. Sometimes, however, anxiety can become overwhelming and begin to negatively impact your relationships, school or working situations, and the overall quality of your life.
Anxiety can vary in its presentation. You may experience a persistent, on-going anxious mood, or you may experience it only in particular situations or with specific people. You may have panic attacks with feelings of terror, impending doom, breathlessness and chest pain. Panic attacks may be triggered by a specific circumstance or may occur intermittently.
Psychological symptoms of anxiety may include:
- Poor memory
- Inability to concentrate
- Fear of going crazy
- Fear of impending death
- Feelings of being outside yourself
- Feelings of being cut off from reality
Physical symptoms may include:
- Racing heart
- Tightness or pain in chest
- Shortness of breath
- Tingling in finger tips
- Muscle pains
- Muscle weakness
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Abdominal discomfort
- Frequent urination
Untreated anxiety can contribute to social, academic, or occupational problems, and can lead to alcohol or substance abuse. Since anxiety symptoms may manifest in a physical manner, you may have sought initial treatment from primary care doctors and/or emergency rooms, which can help alleviate the immediate symptoms, but not treat the deeper, underlying causes
Our Work Together
I offer comprehensive treatment for anxiety disorders and referrals for medication evaluation, if appropriate. Cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, mindfulness, and experiential therapeutic treatment approaches are often utilized in the treatment process. Together we will work to identify and understand your specific anxiety symptoms, gain insight about the underlying causes, and help you develop more effective coping strategies and support to restore a more balanced and peaceful mood, and gain confidence in dealing with life’s stressors.
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