Anxiety Disorders

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Effective Treatment & Symptom Management for Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias. When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is often the most effective option. However, treatment recommendations often depend on the severity of the symptoms and impairment and many individuals may benefit from a combination of therapy and medication.

Typical symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Nervousness, restlessness, or being tense
  • Feelings of danger, panic, or dread
  • Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
  • Increased or heavy sweating
  • Trembling or muscle twitching
  • Weakness or lethargy
  • Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
  • Insomnia
  • Obsessions about certain ideas; a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past; a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder

Therapy involves teaching individuals to manage their anxiety symptoms while also uncovering any underlying factors contributing to them. Such treatment may involve cognitive restructuring, mindfulness, relaxation, and other strategies proven to reduce anxiety. Evidence-based therapies for anxiety disorders include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and exposure therapy. Another commonly used therapy is dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) which is a form of CBT that helps individuals regulate intense emotions.

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder or any of the symptoms listed above, we encourage you to contact us today.