Multiple anxiety disorders can make day-to-day living strenuous. Anxiety involves intense or excessive worry and fear. Often times anxiety presents itself in physical symptoms like fast heart rate, rapid breathing, shortness of breath, sweating, or major fatigue. Those who struggle with anxiety feel that all-consuming fear where it affects tasks like driving, going to events, or going to the gym.
Red Willow Counseling And Recovery wants to provide effective therapy for many different mental health struggles. Our practice uses competence, compassion, and collaboration to help individuals take control of their thoughts and better manage their anxiety.
Different Anxiety Disorders
Every single person who experiences anxiety is different and experiences unique thoughts and emotions. Clients that experience different anxiety disorders will react to different situations and may experience waves of anxiety.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized anxiety usually refers to worry about daily items like money, family, work, and health concerns. GAD clients have experienced these consistent worries for at least 6 months.
Clients with panic disorder have consistent panic attacks (although other anxious people can experience panic attacks too). These periods make the person believe they are intense fear and worry they are in danger when there is no immediate danger. Attacks come quickly and can last for minutes or longer.
Social Anxiety Disorder
This anxiety disorder presents itself as being anxious or self-conscious in social situations. Fear of speaking or talking in front of people, worrying about eating in front of others, or experiencing symptoms anytime they are around people. Social anxiety can dissipate around people they are comfortable with, but it usually does not discriminate.
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This involves intense fear that something specific will cause you harm or put you in danger when there is little to no actual danger. Phobias can range from a fear of spiders to a fear of flying or being in the ocean. Phobias can also translate to social anxiety where you fear being in large crowds or going on a first date.
Another rare form of anxiety is separation anxiety. This usually occurs in children, but adults can experience forms of separation anxiety too. Those who fear being away from people to who they are attached may worry some harm will occur to the other person while they are away. Separation anxiety can lead to nightmares about the harm that can occur to the other person, or how their separation could hurt those around them.
Those Who Are At Risk Of Anxiety
Mental health disorders do not discriminate and can affect different types of people. Anxiety disorders such as GAD and phobias are more common in women, but social anxiety is common in both men and women equally.
Other risk factors that can contribute to anxiety include:
- Shy personality types or anti-social tendencies when meeting new people
- Those who have experienced traumatic events in childhood or adulthood
- Family history of mental disorders and anxiety
- Physical health conditions like thyroid problems or arrhythmia
Anxiety symptoms can be elevated by using excessive amounts of caffeine or by taking certain medications. Getting diagnosed by a health care provider and attending therapy with Red Willow will help you to recognize what triggers your anxiety or if your diet is making it worse.
Treatment With Red Willow
As every person is unique, therapy will not be one size fits all. Different therapy treatments will work differently for different people and will address concerns depending on the mind of the client. Red Willow offers psychotherapy that can help the person overcome past events and help them live a life cultivated by joy.
Our qualified therapists help guide you through your trauma and fears while seeing how to balance them with daily living activities.