Anxiety Therapy

It’s normal to feel anxiety now and then. You may experience anxiety before a big event or presentation, while waiting for an important call or responding to text messages, anxiety related to health or phobias associated with specific things, activities, or places. These normal, everyday feelings are not usually something to worry about. On the other hand, if your feelings of anxiety also make you feel out of control or hopeless, then it’s time to seek help. Feelings of anxiety accompanied by panic can severely interfere with your daily life.

Anxiety disorders often manifest with recurring feelings of fear and anxiety that spirals into panic. There are many different types of anxiety and no real method to predict who might develop an anxiety disorder. Regardless of what anxiety type you’re experiencing, anxiety therapy treatment can help.

Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety symptoms don’t always manifest in expected ways like feeling nervous or worried. Anxiety can also cause some of the following symptoms:

Only a trained therapist can tell you for sure if you’re experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

GAD is characterized by chronic and excessive worry about things that happen in your everyday life. These feelings of worry occur nearly every day and are difficult to control. You may have related physical symptoms such as loss of focus, fatigue and sleep disturbance among others.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Generally referred to as OCD, this anxiety disorder is characterized by persistent obsessions, ideas and thoughts that cause anxiety. A person with this disorder will perform various actions in a compulsive fashion to mitigate the anxious feelings. Common obsessions include the following:
Compulsive behavior in response to these thoughts include the following:

OCD differs from addiction in that people find the obsessions and compulsions unpleasant. They often realize their behaviors are irrational but feel unable to stop them.

Panic Disorder

This disorder is characterized by feelings of intense fear that often result in panic attacks. Symptoms of a panic attack include chest pain, nausea, shortness of breath, chills and choking sensations. Passing out is also a potential during an attack. People who have these attacks often live with the intense fear that they will happen again.

Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)

People struggling with SAD feel a strong and persistent fear when entering social or performance situations. For example, public speaking, talking on the phone, going to social events or having an interview. Physical symptoms include sweating, heart palpitations, nausea and blushing. The root anxiety here is a fear of being evaluated in a negative way by other people.

Illness or Health Anxiety Disorder

Sometimes called hypochondriasis, this disorder is characterized by paranoia and fear of illness. The person will often equate normal bodily functions with symptoms of a serious disease. For example, they might think they have a brain tumor when they have a headache or that a shaky hand means they might have Parkinson’s disease. They may then engage in compulsive behaviors such as searching the internet for information on their symptoms or visiting doctors and requesting unnecessary tests. They might also engage in repetitive symptom-checking like taking their body temperature, pulse or blood pressure.

Anxiety Therapy Treatment

Anxiety therapy helps identify underlying thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to disturbing and obsessive feelings. Therapy aims to change those thoughts and behaviors and relieve the troubling thoughts to restore peace and calm. Anyone with the described anxiety disorders can benefit from therapy.

Menachem Psychotherapy Group provides anxiety therapy in Los Angeles CA and specializes in the following types of anxiety disorder:

Menachem Psychotherapy Group has  psychodynamically-oriented therapists who treat clients with issues such as addiction, depression and anxiety. If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety or another mental health issue, get in touch with Menachem Psychotherapy Group today for a free phone consultation.

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