Is Anxiety Impacting Your Life?
Are you overwhelmed by worrisome thoughts? Do you feel nervous about the future or preoccupied with the past? Is it hard for you to sit still, concentrate on tasks or stay present with friends and family member? Perhaps you’ve noticed a change in your eating or sleeping patterns. Or maybe you’re struggling with other physical discomforts, such as a rapid heart rate, excessive sweating, shortness of breath or heightened blood pressure. Have you begun avoiding certain settings, such as social events or fast-paced environments because you worry that heightened anxiety or even panic will set in? Are you trying to keep your thoughts, feelings and life together, but worry that everything is just a breath away from falling apart? Do you wish you could find a way to get some rest, relax and breathe – if even just for a moment?
Living with anxiety can be a wearisome, lonely and confusing experience. You may spend days consumed with nervous energy and sleepless nights exhausted by worrisome thoughts. You may feel overwhelmed with stress, struggle to concentrate at work and question if you’re doing things right. Maybe your friends and family members don’t seem to understand what you’re experiencing, which can strain relationships and increase feelings of isolation. Even if you appear to have it all together on the outside, internally you may feel sad, scared and desperate for relief.
Anxiety Is Very Common In Our Culture
Anxiety disorders are the most commonly diagnosed mental health issues in the U.S., affecting roughly 40 million American adults. You are not alone. We live in a go-go-go society where there is enormous external and internal pressure, and fear-based stories and messages permeate our media, schools and workplaces. With such stress in our culture, it’s not uncommon for people to develop unrealistic and perfectionistic thinking and feel overwhelmed by having to juggle so many obligations.
There are many triggers to anxiety, and its symptoms present on a wide spectrum. Some people are prone to anxiety throughout their lives, especially if they grew up in a fear-based family system. Others develop anxiety following a trauma or a significant loss. Anxiety can present as a persistent, uncomfortable feeling of nervousness for some people, while others become so anxious that they develop panic attacks or struggle to leave the confines of their home.
While some people live with a level of manageable anxiety, for others, anxiety becomes heightened and begins impacting their ability to feel well and function normally. If you are consumed with racing thoughts, suffering from insomnia, experiencing panic attacks or struggling to get through your day, anxiety treatment can help you find relief and reclaim your life.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Regain Peace with Your Thoughts, Feelings And Emotions
While anxiety is one of the most common issues, it is also the most commonly and effectively treated. With the help of a trained and experienced therapist, you can learn to heal your anxiety and start living a more satisfying life again.
In a safe, compassionate and supportive environment, one of the experienced therapists at Dr. Dori Gatter and Associates can help you identify, explore and address the root causes of your anxiety. In sessions, you can uncover what drives your anxiety and learn how to release any related thoughts and fears so that you can stay present and mindful in the moment. Rather than succumbing to the obsessive thoughts or habits that fuel anxiety, you can learn healthier ways to cope with stress and develop the tools you need to stay grounded even when heightened anxiety sets in. You can also begin to reframe negative thoughts, develop a more positive way of thinking and feel safe and at ease in the present moment.
In anxiety treatment sessions, you and your therapist will work together to heal the sources of your anxiety. In tandem, you can learn valuable tools to help mitigate the anxiety symptoms that keep you up at night and on edge all day. Often, meditation, guided imagery, deep belly breathing, mindfulness and inner child work can provide both immediate and long-term relief. You can learn to develop a healthy thinking practice, calm heightened emotions and release negative sensations from your body.
With help, support and the appropriate approach and techniques for you, relief is possible. You can begin to better understand your anxiety, experience more productivity at work and reconnect to friends and family as you start to understand that everything is and will be okay.
Although you may believe that you could benefit from help, you still may have questions or concerns about anxiety treatment…
Does an anxiety diagnosis mean that I’ll need to be on medication?
Medication can be a good support to help mitigate symptoms in cases of extreme anxiety. It can help some people to engage in therapy and other important aspects of their lives. But for most people, medication is not a long-term solution. If you have been suffering from anxiety for a long time, we may suggest that you undergo testing to determine if you’re suffering from a vitamin deficiency, which is more common cause of anxious feelings than you may think. There are also many proven, non-medication approaches to treating anxiety that promote long-term, sustainable relief.
I’m afraid that talking about my anxiety will make me feel worse.
We understand your fear. Although it can seem uncomfortable, talking though some of your feelings will help you feel better. It can be challenging to talk about painful emotions, but sometimes you need to experience discomfort in order to heal. Alternatively, ignoring your problems will not make them go away – they may even worsen. In sessions, your therapist can provide you with a gentle, safe space to talk about your worries and emotions without fear of judgment. You’ll work through therapy at a pace that feels comfortable for you, and your therapist will meet you where you are emotionally.
I’ve heard that anxiety treatment can take a long time.
The length of your anxiety treatment depends on how long you’ve been suffering from anxiety and the severity of your symptoms. That said, our initial goals will center around what you need immediately to begin feeling better – be it improved sleep or a new approach to a specific issue that is causing your worry, panic or fear. Once your symptoms have subsided, your therapist can offer support and guidance as you explore the root causes and triggers of your anxiety, which can promote long-term healing. Our ultimate goal is to help you find relief and develop tools to take outside of the office so you feel well equipped to navigate your anxiety and the world.
We invite you to call our office for a free 15-minute phone consultation. We’re happy to discuss your specific situation and to answer any questions you have about anxiety treatment and our approach and practice.