Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns that people have. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 19.1% of US Adults had an anxiety disorder in a given year. Many anxiety disorders begin in childhood and persist into adulthood because they are left untreated. Anxiety Disorder is the umbrella term that includes many specific types of anxiety struggles. For some, anxiety feels like rushes of fear felt in the body. Your body sends out emergency alert signals that might include: increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, sweating, and several other symptoms. The trouble is that there is often not an actual emergency occurring so all of this energy builds up in the body and feels very overwhelming.
For others, anxiety comes in the form of worry thoughts that feel impossible to turn off. People experiencing worry like this tend to be very irritable. They also notice muscle tension, sleep problems, concentration issues, feeling tired, and they often feel on edge.
Others experience anxiety specifically in social situations and find themselves bombarded with negative thoughts about themselves and physically wanting to escape when in these situations. There are several specific ways people can experience anxiety; no matter the type- anxiety is treatable. Do not believe the lie that you are “an anxious person” destined to live this way forever; get help today!
Research shows that one of the most effective types of therapy for treating anxiety disorders is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This therapy teaches you to identify unhelpful thought patterns, challenge them, and change them into thoughts and beliefs that are healthy and helpful. With CBT you also learn many coping skills that decrease physical symptoms of anxiety and change patterns of behavior that might worsen anxiety symptoms. We are trained and experienced in offering CBT and would love to talk with you about how this type of treatment may help you reach your health goals. Contact us today for more information.