Anxiety Disorders

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All people, at some point in life, will experience anxiety. Anxiety comes about for an array of reasons and may be triggered by different circumstances. Everyone’s story is different. But despite the reason, Anxiety can be stressful, debilitating and painful life can be if this issue is not dealt with. People with anxiety very often experience a life that is full of constant worry, fear and doubt. Anxiety steals one’s joy and stability. Anxiety takes away a person’s confidence and freedom in dealing with life.
The workplace, a challenging relationship, or a struggling marriage are just some of the reasons people may experience anxiety. If your anxiety is interrupting your life and causing you daily stress and strain you may have an anxiety disorder. Many people mistake health issues for an anxiety disorder. Here are signs that you need help in dealing with your anxious state.

  • Consistent worry
  •  Lasting Discouragement
  • Irritability
  • Restless thinking
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Racing and wandering thoughts
  • Panic attacks
  • A feeling of being out of control at all times
There are five main anxiety disorders. While many people may fall into a general category of anxiety disorder there is also:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias/ Pain attacks
According to the cognitive model of anxiety, individuals with a vulnerability to anxiety make biased and exaggerated appraisals of possible harm and underestimate potential resources. Their inaccurate appraisals trigger fearful thinking (anxious automatic thoughts and images) which leads to anxiety symptoms. To cope with the experience of anxiety, patients employ unhelpful strategies that provide temporary relief, but also bring about anxiety and lead to further problems in the long-term. Some people have anxiety due to a traumatic experience, others feel overwhelmed in social situations and still others must be in control at all times in order to function. Panic attacks can feel very scary and smothering. All of these different types of anxiety disorders dampen life and yet there is good news.
I work effectively with clients who are struggling with various types of Anxiety, through collaboration, commitment, gained insight and self-awareness I seek to help and allow the client take responsibility and feel empowered to experience true joy even in the midst of pain. As experienced cognitive behavioral therapist evidence based theory for the treatment of Anxiety I am committed to help clients manage their anxiety issues through a range of proven strategies and techniques.