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Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet sadly only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

The good news about anxiety treatment is this: We know more about the process of anxiety in the brain and body than we do about any other mental health condition. Thanks to constantly evolving brain imaging technology, our approach to treating anxiety has become much more specific over the last 20 years. And therefore much more effective. Brain scans now provide us with the ability to actually “see” the process of anxiety in the brain, which has been very helpful in the development of our approach to treating it.

Some anxiety is a normal part of living. So, how can you tell if you might need treatment for anxiety?

You can start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Is my anxiety irrational or out of proportion to reality?
  • Does my anxiety make it difficult or impossible for me to do what I want to do?
  • Is my anxiety so intense that I feel overwhelmed or out of control?

If you answer ‘yes’ to one or more of the questions, then you are suffering more than you need to.
You can learn to minimize or eliminate anxiety problems and regain control of your life.

Common symptoms of anxiety are:

Excessive Worry and Rumination

Catastrophizing

Agitation/Restlessness

Rapid Heart Rate

Muscular Tension and headaches

Difficulty Concentrating

Irritability

Trouble falling or staying asleep

Fatigue

Avoiding situations that provoke anxious feelings

Different types of anxiety:

Generalized Anxiety (frequent or constant feeling of impending doom)

Phobias

Social Anxiety

Fear of failure/rejection

Driving anxiety

And many, many more

QUESTIONS

How can you help me with my anxiety?

Because anxiety is so prevalent in our world today (and amongst my clients), I have devoted a significant amount of time to the study of anxiety by becoming a “Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional”. This certification ensures that I am best informed on the latest science behind treating anxiety disorders and can offer my clients the most recent techniques proven to help.


You and I will first go on an investigative mission to discover the roots of your anxiety. We will then work together to devise a treatment plan that will offer you the opportunity to make the necessary changes to treat your anxiety with the latest tools and techniques proven to work in the scientific literature.


Should I take medication for my anxiety?

This is a highly personal decision and one that should not be taken lightly. While anti-anxiety medications do offer relief from the physiological feeling of anxiety, the side effects from these medications can be extremely problematic. You and I will discuss this option and if deemed appropriate, a referral for a psychiatric evaluation will be provided.