ANXIETY DISORDERS


Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 40 million American adults have experienced a type of anxiety disorder at some point. That is one in six people!


Why are we so anxious?

Anxiety is defined as feelings of worry or fear that do not easily go away and may get worse over time. The worries/fears tend to impact daily functioning, relationships, and overall life experience. There are several types of anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.


Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms:

Excessive worrying

Difficulty sleeping

Irritability

Trouble concentrating/focusing

Restlessness

Fatigue


Panic disorder symptoms:

Increased heart rate

Sudden, intense fear

Difficulty breathing

Thinking you are dying


Social anxiety disorder:

Fear of being in public

Insecurities around interaction with others

Afraid of how others judge you

Avoidance of social events


TREATMENT OF ANXIETY

There are many treatment options for anxiety disorders. Talk therapy or medication (or both) have been found to be effective in treating anxiety. In my practice, I utilize an integrative approach to working with anxiety, drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy and mindfulness techniques.