Anxiety and Fear

Anxiety and fear are normal responses to a perceived threat. They can trigger unpleasant symptoms such as emotional distress, a sense of helplessness, confusion, worry, repeated negative thoughts, fear of losing control and physical symptoms.

Physical symptoms include muscle tension, shortness of breath, dizziness, and nausea and heart palpitations. Often times I receive referrals from Cardiologists because their patients fear heart problems where when diagnosed are anxiety disorders.

The longer these symptoms are left untreated the greater the likelihood that a more progressive anxiety disorder will develop. These include panic attacks, disorders and phobias, social anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder or even post-traumatic stress (PTSD).

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)-this is much more than the anxiety that someone feels from time-to time. People with GAD often feel restless, have fear of impending doom, feel out of breath, have difficulty sleeping as well as other physical symptoms.

Phobias-an exaggerated fear of something (e.g., bugs, heights), avoiding normal activities due to a specific fear (e.g., not going to public places due to fear of germs)

Panic Disorders- Those who suffer from anxiety may also have panic attacks and/or develop phobias. Symptoms include racing heart, chest pain, and nausea, feeling dizzy or faint, shakes, difficulty breathing, and hot flushes or sweating.

Social Phobia also known as Social Anxiety Disorder-symptoms include fear of or avoidance of situations that may elicit significant fear (public speaking, going out to dinner,), anticipatory anxiety prior to going to an event, beyond what is expected, intense fear of scrutiny, fear or embarrassment.

Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) Disorder-this is a disorder that a person may develop after exposure to a life-threatening event or an event that threatens a person’s sense of safety. It is natural to experience these symptoms following a traumatic event, however if they persist more than 6 months, a diagnosis of PTSD is warranted.

Most individuals will experience some anxiety from time to time. However, when anxiety, fear or trauma start to interfere with your health, job, relationships or other life areas, I can help. I utilize many scientific based techniques to help you overcome the anxiety by removing its root cause.

Do you have difficulty feeling that you fit in or feel like an outsider?

Do you feel anxious/nervous or experience panic attacks? Easily startled? Worry a lot?

Does feeling stressed overwhelm you? Do you try and deal with it in unhealthy ways?

Therapy can dramatically help you come to terms with the pain, devastation, and grief you may be dealing with, and allow you to reorganize your life in a healthier, happier way.

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