What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is the body’s natural response to danger. It is an automatic alarm that goes off when you feel threatened or are facing a stressful situation; however, persistent or severe fear or worry in situations where most people wouldn’t feel threatened, may be a sign that you might be suffering from anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is a condition that manifests in six major different disorders:

  1. Generalized anxiety: persistent feeling or worry that something bad is going to happen. Physical symptoms include insomnia, restlessness, fatigue, and stomach upset.

  2. Panic attack: sudden rush of intensive fear or discomfort. After such episode, usually there is fear of experiencing another one. Physical symptoms include heart palpitation or chest pain, trouble breathing or choking sensation, nausea, trembling, sweating, and dizziness.

  3. Post-traumatic stress: high level of anxiety occurring after a traumatic or life-threatening event. Symptoms include flashbacks, nightmares, hyper-vigilance, and avoiding situations that reminds the event.

  4. Obsessive-compulsive: unwanted thoughts or behaviors that seem impossible to stop or control. Symptoms can include recurring worry such as that you forgot to turn off the oven or compulsions such as washing hands over and over.

  5. Social anxiety: extreme shyness with fear of negative perception by others or public humiliation. Avoidance of social situations is common response to this disorder.

  6. Phobia: exaggerated fear of a specific object, animal, activity, or situation that in reality presents little to no danger. Usually followed by avoidance of the trigger with considerable impairment of functional living.

Also, it is important to note that anxiety disorder is commonly accompanied by depressive symptoms. While medication may provide some symptom relief, therapy focuses on the underlying causes of the disturbance and promotes strategies to eliminate them.

The Treatment

You don’t have to live with anxiety and fear!

While medication may provide some symptom relief, therapy focuses on the underlying causes of the disturbance and promotes strategies to eliminate them.

Based on thousands of researches, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is the leading therapy modality that effectively addresses anxiety disorders. The cognitive part helps you to identify and change thinking patterns that support your fears; the behavioral part assists you to change the way you react to anxiety-provoking situations.

Things to consider before initiating your treatment…

CBT is collaborative in nature. When you initiate the treatment, you become an active participant of your recovery; therefore, you must be willing to commit to your healing process especially because the changes for anxiety issues are gradual. It is expected some considerable difference in less than 12 weeks of weekly sessions.

There are general cognitive behavioral approaches to anxiety; however, the therapy needs to be tailored to specific anxieties and needs.

There are no CBT side effects except for temporary increase of anxiety in some cases.