Anxiety is a very common issue with over 40 million adults affected by it in the U.S., according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). We often get anxious about various things, such as a test we must prepare for, public speaking, or social situations in general. As the ADAA points out, there are various types of anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Social Anxiety Disorder, most of which are highly treatable. However, only approximately a third of those suffering from anxiety receive treatment. If you are experiencing anxiety, be mindful of any depressive thoughts or feelings as it is very common for depression to accompany anxiety and vice versa.
Although there are many similarities in how anxiety manifests, it is a unique experience to each person. Thus, our goal is help you understand what anxiety means to you. So we’re dedicated to creating a safe space for you to explore your anxiety and help alleviate some of its symptoms.
What is anxiety?
This question is difficult to answer because anxiety manifests differently for each person and through different disorders (e.g., GAD, Phobias, etc.). In general, many individuals report the following symptoms:
Tension or tightness in the chest area
Feeling nervous or restless
Feeling panic or a sense of impending danger
Increased heart rate
Sweating and/or trembling
Issues with sleeping
Although psychotherapy alone can often reduce anxiety, the combination of psychotherapy and medication (usually prescribed by a psychiatrist) helps many of those suffering from anxiety. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one type of therapy that is frequently used to treat anxiety, which is a relatively short-term therapy. Psychotherapy is often an effort to help individuals understand their anxiety better and view their anxiety through a different perspective, one that alleviates feeling afraid about anxiety.
How we can help
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This form of psychotherapy is focused on addressing thought patterns, physical symptoms, and behaviors that may be related to anxiety. The research shows that CBT is a very effective form of treating anxiety. Through compassionate and supportive care, we hope to create a safe space for you to feel comfortable in starting the process toward growth and reducing the feelings of depression. CBT can be used alone or combined with mindfulness/meditation to treat anxiety.
Through consistent meditation, we can become more focused on the present and understand our experience in the here-and-now. This is an important technique because anxiety is most often correlated with negative thought patterns, especially those about the future. Mindfulness can teach us to shift our attention away from those negative thought patterns that lead to the spiraling anxious thoughts and behaviors and move toward positive and meaningful growth. Mindfulness can used alone or combined with CBT to treat anxiety.