Anxiety disorders are characterized by feelings of excessive worry or fears. Although we all experience feelings of anxiety from time to time, it is the intensity of that worry or anxiety that distinguishes normal feelings from an anxiety disorder. When you have an anxiety disorder, your worries and fears are so overwhelming that they interfere with daily activities like school, work, socializing, and sleeping. There are different types of anxiety disorders such as:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Separation Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders are treatable. However, many people who struggle with anxiety don’t get help because they don’t know how to find the right help, or because they don’t realize their symptoms are treatable.
Did You Know?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting as many as 30% of Americans.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the symptoms of an anxiety disorder?
While each type of anxiety disorder has a distinct set of symptoms, some common symptoms of an anxiety disorder include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Being easily tired
- Feelings of restlessness or feeling wound up
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- Problems with memory
- “Physical symptoms” – including nausea, sweating, muscle tension, trembling, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath
The symptoms of an anxiety disorder are often considered “out of proportion” for the situation and often hinder functioning. In some cases, symptoms may become so severe that they can cause an individual to avoid situations that trigger symptoms. If you think you may be experiencing anxiety, schedule a consultation with our team at Transitions Counseling in Glendale, North Phoenix, Chandler, or South Mountain. Our team is also available for telehealth appointments.
How are anxiety disorders diagnosed?
At Transitions Counseling, our team diagnoses anxiety by performing a formal assessment. During this evaluation, you will be asked about your symptoms, medical history, and other factors that could affect your mental health. In some cases, a medical examination may be recommended to rule out medical conditions that can cause similar symptoms of anxiety.
How are anxiety disorders treated at Transitions Counseling?
At Transitions Counseling, we use integrative programs to guide you through your own personal recovery with respect and compassion. Our practice uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and interventions that address the whole person. During your treatment, you may be encouraged to participate in one or more of the following:
- DBT Skills Training
- EMDR Sessions
- Expressive Arts Therapy
- Family Groups & Workshops
- Group Counseling
- Meditation & Mindfulness Exercises
- Nutritional Assessment & Coaching
- Yoga Practice & Yoga Therapy
It is important to understand that anxiety disorders can affect anyone. If you are feeling anxious, our team at Transitions Counseling in Glendale, North Phoenix, Chandler, or South Mountain would love to help you get back on your feet with an integrative anxiety treatment program that addresses the whole person. Give us a call for more information!