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Anxiety is a typical response to stress, and let’s face stress is everywhere! Everyone has experienced some level of anxiety at some point in their everyday life. The challenges of day to day survival can easily cause a person to a few moments of extreme worry, concern or fear. At the lower end of the anxiety continuum, people are better able to employ self control, take a deep breath, relax around the issues and go on with their routine. However, more than 18% of American adults experience more severe forms of Anxiety Disorder.
Anxiety becomes more of a problem as the individual’s symptoms become excessive. Physical symptoms may develop such as heart palpitations, chest pain, stomach aches, fatigue, thoughts become irrational and there is an experience of dread for everyday situations. The extreme of the continuum of anxiety is Panic attacks. This intense form of anxiety strikes often without warning. Panic attacks are for the most part irrational however for the individual the perception of danger is real. This powerful type of anxiety may seem, to the one in the midst of such an attack, to believe he/she is having a heart attack. The key difference is a belief by the individual that they are about to die or pass out.
Other forms of anxiety include: social anxiety, test anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The good news is: there is help available.
Medications are helpful, however professional counseling in combination with medication or alone is extremely effective. If the idea of getting out and going to a therapist is not appealing, many qualified therapist conduct sessions on-line. It is as simple as a click away. It will be important to ensure that you find a professional trained in the types of treatment most helpful for those suffering with Anxiety Disorders.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Exposure Therapy are two the most effective forms of treatment available on line to you. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) will guide you to identifying the triggers in your life that bring on the symptoms of anxiety. Your therapist will be able to then guide through various techniques to reduce your symptom responses to the triggers in your life.
Exposure Therapy involves a visualization, in times of calm, of those situations in which panic an anxiety take over. Your therapist can walk you through those situations and guide you in slowly experiencing each situation and managing the symptoms.
Other types of treatment include: Supportive Therapy and Symptom Management skills, Cognitive restructuring, Relaxations training and group therapy .
With help most people with anxiety disorders are able to lead productive and symptom free lives.