Anxiety refers to the stress response that many people experience either due to situation stress, or due to an internal biological process that may or may not have an identifiable trigger. Anxiety can take the form of chronic worry, or more acute panic attacks. Anxiety affects all of us to a degree, but when it arises to a level that begins to interfere with major life obligations such as work or relationships, it can require intervention. Anxiety treatment can include therapy services, medication or both. Anxiety treatment is highly effective, and often has a very positive impact on the person’s symptoms.
What Causes Anxiety?
All of us have an internal system called the autonomic nervous system that includes a “fight or flight” response as part of the body’s natural response to danger. For some, this stress response either turns on to easily (as in the case of panic attacks) or stays partially turned on most of the time due to chronic stress and worry. This problem can be due to situational factors in your life, or may be a biologically inherited condition. Learning how to reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety through skills training and how to deal with the thought patterns caused by anxiety are common focuses in anxiety treatment. Anxiety can also cause us to avoid certain situations or stimuli, and learning how to overcome those fears and reduce avoidance can be a focus of treatment as well.
How Does Anxiety Treatment Help?
Anxiety treatment helps you learn to reduce the body’s stress response through skills that counter the autonomic nervous system’s fight or flight reflex. Some of these skills involve physical skill sets such as specific relaxation techniques, progressive muscle relaxation and certain modified meditation practices. Anxiety treatment also focuses on cognitive, or thought-based skills such as mindfulness training which helps us learn to shift attention to the present moment, rather than to follow the mental path that anxiety naturally takes us down. Learning to effectively manage stress, and to build in healthy practices to our daily routine are also a part of a comprehensive approach to anxiety treatment. Your clinician can help you decide if the inclusion of medication could help your progress be more effective as well.
How Do I Get Started With Anxiety Treatment?
Getting started is simple, and we’re here to help guide you through the process. Contacting our clinicians by filling out our contact form is the first step in getting help. We’ll help set you up with an initial visit to formulate a plan to help improve your symptoms and get you back on track. We’ll also help you look into the details of your insurance, and help you navigate any paperwork. We know that seeking help can be a big step, and we will be here to make it as stress-free as possible.