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Anxiety Disorders

The most common of mental disorders, anxiety disorders affect over a quarter of the population at some point in their lives. These invasive thoughts are not something you have to simply "deal" with. 

Treatment helps most people affected live normal, productive lives. If you're curious about the process to begin with RISE, head over to our Getting Started page. 

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What is Anxiety?

Occasional anxiety, like worrying about things such as health, work, or family problems, is a normal part of life. When the anxiety is pervasive, interfering with daily activities, it's possibly morphed into an anxiety disorder.

Constant anxiety can be crippling. Even though it's often a difficult first step, seeking assistance can help you get back to your normal daily life. 
 

RISE Counseling & Consulting clinicians treat anxiety disorders including:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Panic Disorder

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

Types of Anxiety Disorders

This list below is an overview of the more common anxiety disorders that RISE clinicians are able to assist with. For more information on anxiety disorders, refer to the National Institute of Mental Health.

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People with generalized anxiety disorder experience frequent anxiety for months, if not years. This anxiety can interfere with daily life and make everyday responsibilities more difficult.

Common symptoms include:

  • Persistent feeling of anxiety or dread

  • Feeling restless or wound up

  • Being easily fatigued

  • Struggling to concentrate

  • Being irritable

  • Having headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches, or unexplained pains

  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry

  • Sleep issues such as difficulty falling or staying asleep

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Panic Disorder

Frequent and unexpected panic attacks are the hallmark of panic disorder, but not everyone who experiences panic attacks will develop the disorder. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear, discomfort, or sense of losing control - even when there may not be a clear trigger or danger. 

It's not uncommon for those afflicted to actively prevent future panic attacks by avoiding places, situations, or behaviors they associate with them. Panic attacks can occur as frequently as multiple times a day, or as rarely as a few times a year.

 

Symptoms during a panic attack can include:

  • Pounding/racing heart or chest pain

  • Sweating

  • Trembling, numbness, or tingling

  • Shortness of breath

  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed

  • Chills or hot flashes

  • Feelings of losing control

  • Fear of dying

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder causes unfounded thoughts, fears, or worries, called obsessions, which can't be reasoned away. An individual with OCD tries to manage these thoughts through rituals. 

Common obsessions include:

  • Strong fixation on dirt or germs

  • Repeated doubts 

  • Need to have things in specific order

  • Concern with symmetry

  • Thoughts about violence

  • Fixation on touching things or counting

  • Thoughts that may go against personal religious beliefs

OCD is diagnosed during a physical and psychiatric exam when obsessions and compulsions take up at least one hour each day, are distressing, and interfere with daily life.

Learn more (NIMH)

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Separation Anxiety

An individual with separation anxiety disorder is excessively fearful or anxious about separation from those with whom they are attached. The feeling goes beyond what is appropriate for one's age and affects both children and adults. 

Frequent symptoms include:

  • Persistent worry about losing the person closest to them

  • Reluctance to go out or sleep away from that person

  • Nightmares about separation

  • Feeling unwell when separation is about to happen

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Social Anxiety Disorder

People with social anxiety disorder have an intense fear of social or performance situations. They are afraid of being embarrassed, humiliated, rejected, or looked down on in public interactions. This anxiety causes issues with daily functioning and lasts at least six months.

Social anxiety examples:

  • Extreme fear of public speaking

  • Avoidance of meeting new people

  • Not eating/drinking in public

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Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

There are many ways to treat anxiety disorders, and the team at RISE Counseling and Consulting can help you find the best course of treatment for your individual disorder. Effective treatment for anxiety disorders often involves a combination of therapy, medication, and self-care strategies.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): helps individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns and develop coping skills to manage anxiety.

 

Medications: that can be prescribed to treat anxiety disorders, helping to alleviate symptoms by regulating brain chemistry. 

Self-care: strategies such as regular exercise, healthy eating, adequate sleep, stress management techniques, and avoiding excessive caffeine and alcohol can help manage anxiety symptoms.

Support groups: joining support groups or seeking support from friends and family can provide individuals with anxiety disorders with a sense of community and understanding.

Anxiety shouldn't keep you from living your life and doing the things you love.

Reach out to RISE today and take steps towards your "normal" again. 

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