Anxiety Disorder Therapy
Anxiety Therapy in Fort Lauderdale
Are you thinking that you might benefit from therapy for anxiety?
Your loved ones say you’re too hard on yourself. You try to be more positive and confident but it’s so difficult to shake this feeling. It’s exhausting living in a constant state of worry, panic, feeling sick to your stomach and just “off.”
If you’re bombarded with anxious thoughts 24/7, feel like you’re crawling out of your skin and/or your self-esteem is in the gutter, you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 40 million Americans are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. The average person experiences some anxiety from time to time. However, when anxiety, panic, or past traumas interfere with your health, relationships, job or other life events–treatment can help.
Anxiety therapy is one of my areas of expertise along with treating panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I utilize effective therapies (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) in my treatment approach which have strong scientific evidence to alleviate symptoms.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a diagnostic term which describes someone who is bombarded by constant worry, nervousness, and tension.
Signs and Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Excessive worry about various topics even when there is little to no evidence to support worrisome thoughts.
- Anxious thoughts that intrusively take over thought patterns.
- Difficulty concentrating due to ruminating anxious thoughts.
- Feelings of dread, impending doom or expecting the worst to happen.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Therapy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a condition a person may develop after exposure to a life-threatening event or an event that threatens a person’s sense of safety. It is normal to experience symptoms of PTSD following a traumatic event, however if these symptoms do not improve over time, it may indicate a mental health condition.
Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
- Feeling detached or numb.
- Difficulty remembering details of traumatic event.
- Nightmares, flashbacks, or intrusive memories of the trauma.
- Physical abreactions to reminders of trauma (racing heart, sweating, nausea, re-experiencing physical sensations of the trauma).
- Dissociation/Loss of time – inability to recall events or details for hours or days at a time.
- Easily startled or hypervigilant.
Panic Disorder and Phobias
Individuals who struggle with anxiety may also experience panic attacks and/or develop specific phobias. In addition to cognitive behavioral therapy, such anxiety disorders can benefit from supportive exposure with response prevention. Exposure therapy can assist individuals in learning how to interact with a crowd, or extinguish an exaggerated stress-response.
Many symptoms of panic cause physical sensations in the body which may cause an individual to believe her or she is suffering a medical condition. However, these symptoms last for a discrete amount of time, typically diminishing within minutes.
Signs and Symptoms of a Panic Attack
- Racing pulse, heart palpitations, and/or chest pain.
- Difficulty breathing or hyperventilation.
- Fear of losing control, going crazy or even dying.
- Shakes or tremors.
- Feelings of depersonalization or detachment from surroundings.
- Nausea or Gastro-Intestinal upset.
- Feeling dizzy or faint.
- Fear of experiencing a panic attack again and/or avoiding situations that may elicit an attack.
Signs of Phobias
- Phobias are characterized by an exaggerated fear by something specific (e.g., heights, insects, needles).
- Intense fear of something that may pose little to no real threat.
- Avoiding normal activities of life due to a specific fear (e.g., not going to a public place due to fear of germs).
- It is normal to experience stress when exposed to an anxiety provoking situation/object. The biggest sign of fears becoming a phobia is if a person goes to great lengths to avoid the trigger and experiences undue stress.
Signs of Social Phobia
- Intense fear of scrutiny, rejection or embarrassment by others
- Avoidance of situations that may elicit significant distress/fear (dating, public speaking, dining, etc.)
- Anticipatory anxiety prior to a social event, beyond what is expected (worrying for days prior to a dinner date)
- The avoidance, fear, and anticipatory anxiety interferes with the person’s daily routine, social life, and occupational functioning.
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