Anxiety and Stress Management

icon-anxietyAnxiety disorders occur when we acquire irrational fears that something bad is going to happen.  These fears may appear in many forms.   We may be afraid that something bad is going to happen to someone we love, such as  a car wreck. We may worry excessively about bills or losing our job; its like we are always worrying about something.  This form of anxiety may be Generalized Anxiety Disorder. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/generalized-anxiety-disorder-gad/index.shtml

Some may experience intense anxiety in which their heart races, they feel dizzy, hot
and sweaty.  These feeling may seem to come out of the blue or they may be associated with being away from home or in large crowds. These episodes could be the result of Panic Disorder.  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/panic-disorder/index.shtml

Sometimes the irrational fear is of a specific thing, for example snakes, heights, mice, etc.  Whenever we get close to these things we become afraid.  These fears are called Specific Phobia.  http://www.mentalhealth.com/dis/p20-an04.html

Another common way people experience anxiety is the fear that if they don’t do things in a certain way, something bad will happen.  People who feel they must wash their hands repeatedly or check over and over to make sure something is locked may be experiencing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd/index.shtml

There are many other manifestations of anxiety.  These disorders are typically treated with Individual Therapy.

Stress often appears in the form of physical symptoms such as frequent headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and problems sleeping. Unresolved stress over a long period of time can result in significant health problems.    A person who is stressed may also experience feeling excessively tired as well as having difficulties in motivation and concentration.  Stress is commonly associated with a significant change in one’s life.  Examples include divorce, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, etc.  Even positive changes can cause a temporary increase in stress.  Typical ongoing causes of stress include having a stressful job, being in an unhappy relationship, financial problems as well as other similar situations.  Problems associated with stress are usually successfully treated with Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.  In addition, the physical effects of stress may also be directly treated with techniques such as Relaxation Training.