Anxiety can be described as dwelling on negative thoughts and worrying about what might happen in the future. We have all been in situations where we experience anxiety, it’s a normal part of life. Having an Anxiety Disorder means struggling with fear and worrying on a regular basis, to the extent that it interferes with your ability to function.
Anxiety disorders include:
Panic attacks, in which chest pain and palpitations, sweating, dizziness, and fear that you wil die, faint, or lose control;
Generalized Anxiety, a pattern of unrealistic worrying, feeling restless, resulting in trouble concentrating and problems falling asleep;
Social Anxiety, which means being so concerned about being judged by others that you avoid activities that will require social interactions;
Phobias, an intense fear of items, or situations, resulting in avoidance of situations which might elicit the fear;
Post-Traumatic Stress Diorder (PTSD) , in which your mind continues to react to an intense, dangerous experience with fear or stress, even after the traumatic situation has been resolved;
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in which you have recurring thoughts and behavioral rituals.
These are just brief descriptions of ways in which anxiety affects people. Psychotherapy can help by helping you acknowledge the fear and worrying, discover the source of the anxiety, and learning new ways to cope with these thoughts and feelings.
I combine CBT, relaxation, mindfulness, assertive communication, and other techniques to help you cope with anxiety and minimize symptoms so that you can live a happier and more peaceful life.
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