“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.”
– Seneca, Roman Philosopher
Anxiety Therapy Reduces Stress
Anxiety therapy is important to stop our lost energy simply because our mind is running away with itself. In life, we all encounter anxiety—it prompts us to prepare for exams. We exercise caution when crossing streets, and are punctual for work. Most of us respond to these kinds of natural stressors in ways that keep us alert.
However, amidst the backdrop of political unrest, not to mention a lingering pandemic, we may also have personal ongoing conflicts. Top this with fears of global warming, and economic downturns. Even tuning into the news can unleash overwhelming stress. Anxiety counseling can help relax the gnawing in the stomach, our escalated heart rate, and our insomnia caused by stress. While our bodies are built to withstand the pressures of our immediate surroundings, they struggle to cope with the burdens of an interconnected world. Despite our attempt at staying calm, we hear about every disaster in every community; no wonder we live in fear. Basically, it’s easy to get entangled in the grip of anxiety in today’s world, and understandably so.
Above all, you do not have to be alone in this experience of anxiety. It’s not your fault. Anxiety counseling can help!
Types of Anxiety
Social Anxiety Treatment
We might also have personal anxiety. Perhaps we get really uncomfortable in social situations (called social anxiety) and stay home from parties or feel really anxious about a pending work party. Anxiety therapy often is quick and helpful for social anxiety.
Help for Phobias
Dread of public speaking is really common but if it’s a necessary part of our job and we can’t perform, this can limit our employment. Some people fear heights or dogs or dentists. It’s natural to be a little afraid of things that might hurt us. Comparatively, phobias are when our fear becomes irrational or exaggerated. Like agoraphobia, when we are afraid to leave our home to go to unfamiliar places or just anywhere.
Trauma & PTSD Treatment
Maybe we have endured trauma in childhood like having a parent who is alcoholic or abuse. Or we are a soldier or first responder suffering from all we’ve seen. Especially debilitating, these are both examples of extreme anxiety called post-traumatic stress disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Therapy
Sometimes worry crosses over into a chronic condition. Our nervous system just can’t relax no matter how often we tell ourselves things will be okay. We call this generalized anxiety and the symptoms of generalized anxiety are: heart rate increased, awareness of bodily symptoms, fatigue, obsessive thinking, irritability, feeling out of control, problems relaxing, foreboding, focusing on negative outcomes. We overthink everything and second guess ourselves.
Panic Attack Disorder Therapy
If anxiety becomes really sharp or acute, some people feel chest pain and might think they are having a heart attack. They can feel their heart beating and racing. They might be short of breath, dizzy or get diarrhea. A panic attack disorder is scary. (It’s always good to have these check out by a medical professional just in case it is a heart attack unless you’ve had a certain diagnosis.)
When all your worries tend to focus on bodily symptoms we call this hypochondriasis. People experiencing this type of anxiety live in dread that the mysterious tugs and pulls and symptoms in the body are really indicative of a dread disease. For instance, they fear that momentary forgetfulness signals the onset of dementia. Or an abdominal cramp might really be cancer. You might call the doctor often or not go at all for fear of discovering you do have a dread disease. Anxiety counseling can help you let go of the uncontrollable.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Therapy
OCD is a difficult anxiety disorder that often seems to not have a specific trigger but can cause rounds of obsessions and compulsive rituals to try and gain control. Unwanted thoughts, sensations or ideas might cause them to do something compulsively to soothe the irrational ideas: like hand-washing, scratching, checking the door lock several times, etc. Sometimes, we just suffer from intrusive dark thoughts.
Anxiety is uncomfortable at best and obliterating normal life at worst. With anxiety counseling, we can help you find a way to destress, cope and soothe the parts inside that continue to feel anxious.
We treat all these kinds of anxiety disorders at Counseling Near Me and take many kinds of health insurance to help cover your costs.