Therapy for Anxiety
Psychotherapy has been shown to be a very effective treatment for anxiety, worry, and anxiety disorders. In particular, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy have a high degree of success in treating anxiety. While medication for anxiety can help reduce symptoms and discomfort in the short-term, therapy for anxiety is much more effective at reducing or eliminating anxiety on a more permanent basis.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a sensation of fear, worry, panic, nervousness, and/or tension. Most of us, at some point or another, feel anxiety. For some, the sensation of anxiety or worry is more intense, occurs more frequently, and is more difficult to manage. In such cases, it is likely that the individual suffers from an anxiety disorder.
But whether your anxiety is frequent or occasional, happens in many situations or in specific circumstances, Anxiety Therapy can help you! A good anxiety therapist can teach you skills and techniques that will help you reduce anxiety both immediately when it happens, and will, over time, reduce the frequency and intensity of your anxiety altogether.
Anxiety Symptoms: How do I know if I have Anxiety?
Anxiety Symptoms can include:
- Feeling restless or “edgy”
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep problems
- Muscle Tension
- Feeling that your mind is “going blank”
- Avoidance of certain people, things or situations
- Nightmares or flashbacks
- Palpitations or chest pain
- Body perspiration or sweaty hands
- Shaking or trembling
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or upset stomach
- Fear of losing control
Any one of these symptoms could indicate the presence of anxiety, and most people never feel ALL of these symptoms, but feel a few, or several. If you recognize yourself a bit in the list above, you would likely benefit from a least some sessions of anxiety therapy. If you are not sure, but think you may have an anxiety problem, an evaluation interview or an anxiety test can help to determine if your would benefit from treatment.
What are the Treatments for Anxiety?
There are several treatments for anxiety. I mentioned two earlier: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). These are both excellent treatment approaches for anxiety and can certainly be combined with other treatment approaches for the best results.
Other types of treatment for anxiety include Narrative Therapy (for trauma -related anxiety) , psychodynamic therapy, existentialist therapy, and solution-focused therapy.
Therapy for Anxiety in Plantation, FL
In my Plantation, Florida office I provide all of the anxiety treatments I’ve discussed in this post. What’s most important to me is that my clients/patients receive the most effective treatment approach for the cause of their anxiety and their particular symptoms.
People who suffer from moderate to severe anxiety are also more at risk for experiencing depression. So, an anxiety treatment approach that encompasses the emotional health of the whole person is one of the best ways to eliminate anxiety.
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Dr. Chantal Marie Gagnon, Ph.D., LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist, relationship counselor, and life coach in Plantation, Florida. Dr. Gagnon provides individual therapy, family counseling services, and couples therapy in her Plantation, FL office. Coaching services are available nationwide.
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