Anxiety arises when life presents us with many unexpected events. Anxiety is created from anticipation from the dreaded what if syndrome. Anxiety surfaces by way of psychological, physiological, and behavioral symptoms. On a psychological level feelings of worry, fear, uneasiness seem to take over. Many people experience the physiological indications on varying levels which include, increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, tension, sweating, and various other physical sensations in the body. Behaviorally we see fear of being placed in certain situations, avoidance, and the inability to regulate resulting in panic attacks. Through anxiety therapy we can address many of these symptoms and manifestations.
Please note it is healthy to have some level of anxiety. Anxiety is an internal motivator for the body. However, when anxiety is at high levels the body becomes deregulated, at this point, anxiety becomes an inhibitor to the individual.
Anxiety may be caused by a variety of factors including but not limited to:
- Medical conditions
- Brain chemistry
- Internal or external life events
- and/or the effects of drugs.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th Ed., Text Revision) Anxiety Disorders are broken down into several categories including:
- Panic Phobia
- Specific Phobia
- Social Phobia
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Anxiety Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
- Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety is greatly influenced by a person’s external factors which include:
- Stress around personal relationships/family
- Physical/emotional trauma
- Worry from a medical illness
- Stress from work/school
- Financial stress
- Substance use/abuse
- Side effect of medications
At CCC offer anxiety therapy to children, adolescents, and adults suffering from varying levels of anxiety. During the initial intake process we access the level of anxiety, contributing factors, and create a treatment plan in collaboration with your needs. Through the therapeutic relationship we help guide you through a process of letting go of excessive anxiety. For a free phone consultation please click the button below or call 303-843-6000.