Do you experience a certain sense of dread before starting your day? Have you noticed your heart racing and the palms of your hands feeling suddenly sweaty? When you feel anxious, do you tend to withdraw and to disconnect from yourself and others? Do you suffer from excessive worrying and fears?
The discomfort of anxiety is one of the most common reasons why people choose to enter therapy. Anxiety can interfere with accomplishing important goals in life, in intimate relationships, friendships, parenting, and in your job. If you believe that you have anxiety, know that you are not alone and that there are methods for reducing or eliminating the symptoms.
What Are the Types of Anxiety Disorder?
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder is chronic, exaggerated worry about everyday life events and activities, involving anticipation of the worst when there is little reason to expect it. It may be accompanied by physical feelings such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headache, or nausea.
- Panic Disorder is recurrent unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden periods of intense fear that may include palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate; sweating; trembling or shaking; sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking; and feeling impending doom.
- Social Anxiety is a paralyzing fear of social situations and of being judged or humiliated by others. This severe social phobia can leave one feeling ashamed and alone.
- Phobias are an unrealistic or exaggerated fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that in reality presents little to no danger. Common phobias include fear of animals (such as snakes and spiders), fear of flying, and fear of heights. In the case of a severe phobia, one might go to extreme lengths to avoid the thing they fear. Unfortunately, avoidance only strengthens the phobia.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviors they feel compelled to perform. People may recognize that their obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors are irrational, but even so, they feel unable to resist them and break free.
Anxiety can be successfully treated with psychotherapy. If you have concerns about anxiety, please call me to discuss how I can help.
Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.