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Anxiety - one of the most diagnosed conditions in America

Some people think that having a stressful life contributes to anxiety. Others think that you are born that way, so if one or both of your parents had a problem with anxiety, you will too. Still others think we are more anxiety ridden because we are exposed to a large amount of negative information and news. Anxiety can be caused by them all, a combination of them, and even more factors. What we do know for sure is that anxiety is a common issue for many, and, with the right help, it is also very treatable. With an experienced therapist, and the most up to date treatments, anxiety can be a thing of the past.

Anxiety can make you sick

Have you ever experienced a shortness of breath, dizziness, heart palpitations accompanied with feelings of impending doom? Have you avoided certain situations for fear that you might experience these symptoms? This is what is commonly known as acute anxiety or panic attacks. Most people who experience these symptoms do not know the cause and that can be very scary. For others, there can be certain triggers or causes for their attacks, such as a fear of heights or the fear of snakes. They know what the fear is, but they don't know how to stop it. Some people experience social anxiety which is characterized by fear or anxiety in social situations. It can get so bad that it may interfere with being able to go to school or work. Sometimes an anxiety attack causes people to consult with their physician because they feel there is something physically wrong. Anxiety can cause the heart to race, and the palms to sweat, which some might mistake for a heart attack. Although it anxiety attacks can feel life threatening, the cause is an emotional issue, not a physical disease.

PTSD is intense anxiety

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is characterized by intense, overwhelming and spontaneous feelings of fear and panic. It is one of the most severe anxiety disorders with the its suffers experiencing the most severe symptoms. People who have experienced intense physical and emotional trauma will, months or even years after, re-experience the fear that was created by the traumatic event. The fear that was created when the event was happening, can reoccur later with the same intensity, even if there is nothing traumatic happening. Often, soldiers come back from war with PTSD. The presence of acute anxiety symptoms soldiers, such as recurring nightmares and flashbacks of the event, are one of the ways mental health experts diagnose PTSD.

The right therapy can help

The first step to understanding anxiety is knowing that you are not crazy. Over 5 million people a year are diagnosed with this disorder and it is treatable with therapy and sometimes medication. When a patient understands what anxiety is and what the symptoms are they are better able to manage their emotions. A lot of the fear comes from not knowing what anxiety is or where it is coming from. Therapy that teaches skills such as deep breathing and positive visualization can minimize the experience of anxiety. Sometimes, medication can help when the anxiety is severe, or when a person is unable to participate fully in therapy because of the intensity of the anxiety. Medication can calm the brain enough so that therapy can be learned and incorporated into a person's life. Then, once skills are fully learned and used, medication can be decreased and stopped while skills alone are used to manage the anxiety.

You can learn a new way to think and feel

Our brain is impressionable and just as negative thoughts can become a habit we acquire, positive thinking can be learned and turn into a way of life. This is something called "thought reframing" and it is basically changing how you think about something. This takes practice and it is very effective in treating anxiety. Often anxiety is caused by irrational thoughts such as, if I go to this party no one will like me and I'll be laughed at and have to go home feeling humiliated. Thought reframing teaches how to take the negative thoughts and turn it into a positive thoughts, and results in less anxious feelings. With practice this "thought control" can happen automatically. As therapy progresses, the mind will learn a new way of thinking, thus decreasing or eliminating anxiety.

Try this anxiety reducing skill right now

Sit in a comfortable position and take a few relaxing breaths. Next, picture a relaxing, peaceful landscape. It can be a beach scene, a mountain top, or a moonscape. It doesn't matter what it is as long as it makes you feel relaxed and peaceful. Create this scene with as much detail as you can. What colors are in this special place of yours? Are there sounds of water, birds or breeze in your landscape? What does this place smell like or feel like? Are you sitting in the middle of this scene, or standing? Fill your mind with this beautiful place and make it as real as you can. Stay focused on this visualization for 5 to 10 minutes, or longer if you like. When you are ready to end, take a moment to feel grateful for your time here and the peace that was experienced here. Take a few relaxing breaths and come back to yourself.

Please come join us at Your Place For Counseling so that we can get started with treatment for your anxiety and your new life.