Anxiety. The “A” word. A noun that is commonly used in the English language but not understood by many. Nearly everyone will struggle with anxiety in some form during their life. However, for some anxiety is more than just a passing feeling. In fact, nearly 40 million Americans suffer from some type of Anxiety Disorder. This number makes anxiety disorders the most common mental illness diagnosed in the United States.
The majority of people with anxiety disorders have what is known as Generalized Anxiety disorder or GAD. GAD affects 3.1% of the US population yet less than half of those affected seek treatment. Other diagnoses related to anxiety disorders include Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety disorder.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Treating Anxiety Disorders
For some people, using medications to treat anxiety can be a helpful first step in managing their symptoms. However, research points to the importance of engaging in a regular program of psychotherapy with a mental health professional. In doing so, anxiety sufferers come to better understand their relationship with anxiety, as well as thoughts and situations that trigger uncomfortable and often debilitating symptoms.
By gaining insight into the physiological and psychological mechanisms that keep the anxiety alive, and learning better ways of channeling and addressing distressful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, anxiety can be brought under manageable levels such that one is able to problem solve and negotiate the daily challenges of life in a healthy manner. And… under the skillful guidance of a mental health professional who specializes in treating anxiety, one can eventually get to a place of inner peace, joy, and purpose in their life.
When treating anxiety disorders people often think it is a one pill fix. Most doctors are willing to prescribe medication such as Zoloft, Lexapro, Valium or even Xanax to treat anxiety under their care. Using medication under the care and supervision of a medical professional is a great first step in dealing with anxiety. Most people choose to do medication alone. However, many mental health professionals will agree that individual therapy is also key in treating anxiety. Research has shown that although anxiety shows symptoms in many forms, it is usually driven by a similar underlying process. This has helped psychologists, psychiatrists, and mental health providers in applying tried and true methods of treatment and therapy on their patients.
Working with a mental health professional when treating anxiety can look very different on a case by case basis. One form of psychotherapy known as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an effective and proven way to treat anxiety disorders. CBT focuses on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that negatively affect the person and challenge them to change these patterns. CBT therapy is a problem specific therapy that allows the patient and therapist to work together in setting and obtaining goals. When using CBT therapy it is important the patient be willing and open to taking part. People suffering from anxiety disorders often find this type of therapy helpful in rewiring their thought process and in turn helping deal with the issue of anxiety.
Enjoy Life Without Anxiety
The benefits of individual therapy go beyond the management of anxiety. As a person’s brain rewires and learns new coping skills, the knowledge is often put to use in another aspect of their life. People with anxiety find they become more confident in social skills and are able to communicate with others at a better level. The fear of the future becomes more manageable and long-term goals can be put in place. Patients have reported seeing positive changes in a family relationship, work, school, and even improved management of money and finances. Living with anxiety may feel like a nightmare for some people but by taking steps and seeking help, anxiety can be treated and managed. Contact our experienced psychotherapists for a confidential consultation and let’s see how we can help.
You don’t have to go it alone
Depression, sadness, anxiety disorders, stress, and worry can make it difficult to find happiness in your life. We all need support at different times in our lives. Most of our clients seek help when their current way of dealing with life’s challenges no longer works for them. With a caring, non-judgmental and solution-focused approach, we will explore your issues and challenges in a safe therapeutic environment at our private practice in Delray Beach, Florida.
We also offer remote online therapy from the comfort and security of home that will allow you to learn more effective ways of managing your anxiety and stress.
Let’s walk the path to freedom from depression and anxiety together. If you’re ready to let go of the sadness, depression, fears, worries, and anxieties that are making life difficult, check out our Anxiety & Depression Support Group hosted the 1st Tuesday of each month at the Counseling Center for Growth and Recovery.