Therapy for Anxiety

anxiety, depression

Everyone experiences anxiety occasionally. For some people, anxiety symptoms become persistent and unmanagable. But there is hope! If your anxiety is spiraling out of control, therapy for anxiety can help.

Signs of Anxiety

  • Excessive worry
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent night waking
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Anger outbursts
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Migraines
  • Muscle tension and aches
  • Irritable bowels

A panic attack is an acute increase in anxiety symptoms.

Signs of a Panic Attack

  • Increase heart rate (aka palpitations)
  • Chest pains
  • Increased breathing or hyperventilation
  • Sweating
  • Shaking
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Fears of having a heart attack or dying
  • Nausea
  • Chills or hot flushes
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling ‘detached’ or as though the world is ‘unreal’

For more information on symptoms and types of anxiety, visit the Mayo Clinic website.

A Positive Note

Intense anxiety and panic attacks can be incredibly scary. It’s important to remind yourself that the feelings and symptoms are not permanent. They will pass.

There are so many ways to manage anxiety. Counseling can help you learn new skills to cope.

Treatment in Therapy for Anxiety

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – Helps you identify problem thought patterns, and increase reality-based thoughts
  • Mindfulness – Strengthens the mind-body connection, and slows the physical manifestations of anxiety
  • Lifestyle changes – Decreasing caffeine and increasing exercise can significantly help anxiety

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