Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety-Treatment

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Are you overwhelmed with worry, panic or fear? Do you have trouble sleeping at night because you are so preoccupied with concerns about everything from finances to relationships to your job? Does your worry about the future keep you from enjoying the “now?” Are health concerns, unexplained pains or worrisome symptoms keeping you on edge? Do you find yourself constantly replaying situations in your mind and wondering whether you handled them the right way?

Perhaps feelings of regret or dread plague you throughout the day. Do intrusive thoughts keep you from concentrating or focusing on anything for long periods of time? Do you find yourself devoting a lot of attention and energy to the emotional or physical states of others? Maybe you often feel responsible for the safety and peace of mind of loved ones and associates. Does the thought of being idle terrify you? Are you buried in “To Do” lists that you never finish? Don’t you wish that you could gain more control over your worry and control it so it no longer controls you?

Anxiety is real. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older. That’s an estimated 18 percent of U.S. population. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.

There is no one cause for anxiety, but scientists say brain chemistry, heredity, and life experiences contribute to its development. Sometimes it shows up as a hyper-vigilance – feeling like you literally cannot tune out of everything in your environment. In other instances it’s more of a feeling of being so overwhelmed with worry that you cannot tune in to, well, anything. Either way, it can wreak havoc on your life, rob you of peace of mind, and threaten your health and relationships. And, the consequences aren’t just mental.

Anxiety Impacts Your Body

Intrusive, anxious thoughts can impact you physically. The most common symptoms of anxiety include racing heart, rapid breathing, sweating and shaking, but tense muscles, restlessness and a difficulty relaxing or sitting still for any substantial period of time are also some of the physical manifestations of anxiety. Over time, you can also end up with a variety of health conditions –from gastro-intestinal distress, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, to Gastro-Esophageal Reflux disorder and even high blood pressure.

Life With Anxiety: I’ve Been There, Done That

Through Anxiety Treatment, I have helped many people find a path to a more peaceful state of mind. I can help you end the destructive cycle so that anxiety will no longer hold you back from truly enjoying your life. I can help you cope with the stresses of your life in a way that is less taxing on your body and mind.

I think one of the reasons that I’ve been so successful with the Anxiety Treatment services that I offer is because I’ve been there myself. I know what it feels like to become so overwhelmed with worry about the future that you wonder if things will ever be okay. I want to show you how to experience life differently. I can help you to overcome worry and stress so that your life can be more relaxing and enjoyable overall. With my help, you can break free from the bondage that anxiety has imposed on your life for way too long.

Many Worries, Many Methods

I take great pride in teaching my clients about the power of meditation – how to stay present in the “here and now” and not project into the future or dwell on the past. I am also skilled at Somatic Experiencing – a trauma treatment model that utilizes bodily sensations to soothe and relax the nervous system so that you may rapidly return to a state of calmness. I would take great pleasure in helping you learn the same techniques. I have been successfully helping clients reduce anxiety and mitigate and manage related symptoms for almost 20 years. With help and support, you can learn a variety of techniques that will help you tune into the secret language of your own body.

You may still have questions and concerns …

I don’t see how Anxiety Treatment will benefit my life.

The rewards of Anxiety Treatment are plenty. I can help you to increase your self-awareness, learn to self-soothe and understand the sources of your anxiety. You can change how you relate to your past, develop more trust in your own abilities and prepare for how to deal with the difficulties you’ll inevitably face in the future.

Can you help me decide whether prescription medication is necessary to treat my anxiety?

That is a very common question, but one that I am not medically qualified to answer. It’s a decision that ultimately you must make with your physician. I will say, however, that many doctors readily write prescriptions for anti-anxiety drugs, and they can be very useful in helping to manage your symptoms (even while I am working with you on developing other coping skills).

There are, however, some serious factors that you should consider while making your decision. Most of the drugs prescribed are potentially addictive. Equally concerning is that you can build up a tolerance, requiring higher and higher dosages over time. You should also note that most of these drugs are mood altering. One of my clients declined medication because, as she put it, “I don’t want to miss laughing or crying with my children.” I can help you to talk out your feelings while you make the decision that you feel is right for you.

I’m afraid to address my anxiety.

It’s not uncommon to avoid dealing with anxiety for the fear that talking about your feelings may make them more intense, real or worse. I completely understand that thinking, however, by working together in Anxiety Treatment sessions, we can develop tools to help you manage your feelings. I can help you find places of peace inside of yourself that you may not know exist.

The Journey To An Anxiety-Free Life

The road to freedom always begins with a first step. The journey to an anxiety free life is not any different. As in the Alcoholics Anonymous organization, the first step is to ask for help. I know that it may not be an easy decision, but I promise you that it can be so rewarding in the end. You don’t have to let your social life, relationships and work performance continue to suffer due to anxiety anymore. You can overcome this highly treatable condition and begin to enjoy a more fulfilling and anxiety-free life. You may have started on this road before without much success, but this time you can have me in your corner to help guide you through. I invite you to reach out and call me at 805-494-8777. Together we can find a way to bring more peace and freedom from worry to your life.