4 Questions to Ask Anxiety Therapist
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Just as we would seek medical attention for a physical condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, so we should for our mental health. It is every bit as important as our physical well-being, and yet many people choose not to get help, perhaps because of, among others, the stigma surrounding mental illness, a fear of what might be discovered during therapy, or not acknowledging that they have a problem. There are a number of highly qualified healthcare professionals able to help those in need of mental health support, and therapists are one of these.
What does an anxiety therapist do?
Anxiety therapists use psychotherapy or counseling to help people understand what is causing their anxiety, what their triggers are, and if there is an underlying issue that may need to be addressed. They offer treatment in various settings – working with individuals, couples, families, or groups – and because anxiety disorders vary significantly therapy is tailored to each individual’s specific situation.
What are the 6 types of anxiety disorders?
An anxiety disorder is a specific psychiatric condition that involves extreme fear or worry.
The six types of anxiety disorder are:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): persistent and extreme worry about things such as health, money, family, or work, among others that can often be hard to control.
- Panic disorder and panic attacks: Panic disorder is a condition in which people experience spontaneous and unanticipated panic attacks and are very fearful of them recurring. Agoraphobia, which is described as “unfounded or disproportionate fear of situations in which a person believes escape …… may be impossible” is very common in those with panic disorder.
- Social anxiety disorder: Also called social phobia, is extreme anxiety or fear of being negatively judged or rejected in a social or performance situation. Selective mutism is an example of a social anxiety disorder.
- Specific phobias: a phobia is described as a strong, irrational fear of an otherwise non-threatening object or situation, and those with phobias will work hard to avoid exposure, often disrupting their daily lives. Common specific phobias include spiders, other insects, heights, germs, thunder, driving, illness, flying, dental or medical procedures, and elevators.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): People with OCD experience obsessions (intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or impulses that cause anxiety or distress) and compulsions (behaviors that the person feels they have to perform in order to ease their distress or anxiety caused by the obsessive thoughts). Common obsessions include contamination, cleanliness or the need for symmetry. Common compulsions include washing/cleaning and checking or arranging things.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): can occur in someone following a traumatic event, such as experiencing or witnessing a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, military combat, violent assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events. Symptoms can cause problems with trust, communication, closeness or intimacy, and problem-solving, which may affect the way the survivor acts with others, particularly in their close relationships.
How do I know if I suffer from anxiety?
We all suffer anxiety from time to time – it’s a very normal reaction to stressful situations such as moving homes or changing jobs, but when that anxiety starts to impinge on daily life, it’s possible that you could be suffering from anxiety disorder. Panic attacks and phobias might be two of the more obvious signs but there are more, and commonly include:
- Excessive Worrying is one of the more common symptoms of an anxiety disorder and people will find themselves worrying disproportionately about events or everyday situations. If the worrying is severe and intrusive, making it difficult for the individual to concentrate and accomplish daily tasks, it could be a sign of a generalized anxiety disorder.
- Agitation can occur due to anxiety triggering the body’s fight or flight response, resulting in symptoms such as an elevated heart rate/racing pulse, heightened senses, sweaty palms, trembling hands or a dry mouth. These are signs that the brain perceives a threat and is preparing the body to react, but when this is caused by anxiety it can be particularly debilitating.
- Restlessness is a common symptom of anxiety – particularly in children and teens – described as feeling “on edge” or being unable to rest or relax.
- Fatigue can be a symptom of generalized anxiety disorder. It’s important to note, however, that it can also be a sign of depression or other medical conditions, so fatigue alone is not enough to make a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder.
- Difficulty concentrating is a symptom that many people with anxiety report experiencing and it is linked proportionately, so the more anxious the person, the more difficulty they will have in concentrating. However, poor concentration can also be a symptom of other medical conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or depression, so again it is not enough on its own to diagnose an anxiety disorder.
- Excessive irritability is another common symptom that many people experience, and a 2015 study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, showed a direct link between anxiety disorders and irritability.
- Sleep disturbances and anxiety disorders very often go hand in hand. Someone with an anxiety disorder may wake up in the middle of the night or have trouble falling asleep. Some studies indicate that people with insomnia are more likely to develop further mental health conditions such as anxiety, but while insomnia and anxiety are strongly linked, it’s unclear whether insomnia leads to anxiety or the other way around.
Is anxiety neurological or psychological?
Anxiety is a psychological problem, and in fact, anxiety disorders are the most common and pervasive mental health concerns in the United States today, with an estimated 19% of adults and 7% of children aged 3-17 experiencing anxiety issues each year.
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