If you are struggling with anxiety, let me help you find calm and peace in your life and find coping strategies. Let's talk. As you begin to cope with anxiety, use my handout to guide you. Also, let me help you learn how to better cope with anxiety. Contact me today! If you are not sure,

but think you may have anxiety, please read the following information about anxiety to learn more about anxiety -- and please reach out to me with any questions!

 

What is Anxiety?

 

Anxiety is excessive fear and related behavioral struggles. It is the anticipation of a future threat, and associated with muscle tension, vigilance in preparation for a

future threat, and cautious or avoidance behaviors (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). At times, anxiety is lessened by avoidance behaviors. There are several different types of anxiety disorders, differing in the type of object or situation that is feared. All anxiety disorders include fear, anxiety, and avoidance behavior, and anxious thoughts. To be diagnosed as a disorder, these thoughts and behaviors must be getting in the way of daily functioning and happiness or cause clinically significant distress. These are some of the most common anxiety disorders and a brief explanation for each (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).

 

  • Phobia - remarkable amount of fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation (i.e. animals, heights, flying...).

 

  • Social Anxiety - remarkable amount of fear or anxiety about one or more social situations when an individual is exposed to possible judgment of others
  • (i.e. having a conversation, meeting new people, eating in front of others...).

 

  • Panic Disorder - recurrent and unexpected panic attacks (an abrupt onset of intense fear or discomfort).

 

  • Agoraphobia - fear or anxiety about not being able to escape a situation or that help might not be available (i.e. being in open spaces, being in enclosed places,
  • being outside of the home alone...)

 

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder - excessive anxiety and worry about a number of different events or activities, occuring more days than not for at least 6 months.

 

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - presence of obsessions and compulsions that are time consuming or cause clinically significant distress. Obsessions are recurrent and persistent thoughts, urges, or images that are intrusive or unwanted. Compulsions are repetitive behaviors or mental acts that an individual feels driven to perform to relieve his/her obsessions.

 

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - after close exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence and presence of recurrent, involuntary, and distressing memories, thoughts, behaviors, and avoidance of stimuli associated with the traumatic event(s).

 

If you are feeling any anxiety symptoms, schedule an appointment today. Anxiety is treatable! Counseling is a great place to start treatment. Let's talk.

 

References

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Anxiety Disorders. In Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).

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