Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time.
Anxiety is a normal part of our daily life. Anxiety can actually help motivate us towards making a positive change. But when anxiety becomes overwhelming and consuming, that is when it creates a negative impact on our way of thinking.
There are several types of anxiety:
Generalized Anxiety-An excessive amount of anxiety or worry in several areas of life, such as job responsibilities, health, finances, or minor concerns (e.g. completing housework).
Social anxiety-is a disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety or self-consciousness in ordinary social situations. In milder cases, the symptoms of social anxiety only appear in specific situations, such as public speaking. On the more extreme end, any form of social interaction can act as a trigger.
Phobias-A very intense fear of a specific situation or object, which is out of proportion to its actual threat. For example, a fear of giving speeches, or of spiders, could be considered a phobia.
Panic-An extreme anxious response where a person experiences a panic attack. During a panic attack, the individual experiences numerous physical symptoms, and is overwhelmed by a feeling of dread.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 18.1% of American adults have an anxiety disorder, which represents about 40 million people. Of these, only 36.9% receive treatment. Using Cognitive Behavioral therapy, ACT Therapy, DBT, and other therapeutic modalities, we can help individuals with anxiety decrease those negative automatic thoughts, and increase their quality of life!