Anxiety can manifest in several different ways and often can co-exist with other disorders such as depression.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):
Persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things is the hallmark of generalized anxiety disorder. People with GAD experience exaggerated worry and tension even when there is no apparent reason for concern.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD):
OCD involves unwanted and intrusive thoughts that sufferers can’t seem to get out of their heads, frequently compelling them to repeatedly perform ritualistic behaviors and routines to ease their anxiety.
- Panic Disorder:
People with panic disorders experience spontaneous, out-of-the-blue panic attacks and are preoccupied with the fear of recurring attacks.
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):
PTSD may occur with people who have experienced or witnessed a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, violent personal assault such as rape, or other life-threatening events.
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD):
People with social anxiety disorder experience an intense fear of being scrutinized and negatively evaluated by others in social or performance situations. Those with social anxiety disorder feel powerless about their anxiety.
- Specific Phobias: People with specific phobias work hard to avoid common places, situations, or objects even though they know there’s no threat or danger.
Sacramento Anxiety Therapy
Gender Differences Among Anxiety Sufferers
While women and men are equally affected by OCD and social anxiety disorder, women are more than twice as likely to be affected by specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, and panic disorder. They are also more likely to be afflicted with PTSD.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most frequently-used approaches to anxiety disorder treatment. It involves changes in thinking and trying new behaviors. I also teach relaxation techniques and refer for medical evaluation when indicated.
Taking Action Against Anxiety
People with some forms of anxiety may suffer for years without seeking help. It’s understandable in that the anxious feelings themselves can prevent people from reaching out, but the social and emotional costs of not getting help can be steep.
If you’re experiencing anxiety and thinking about getting counseling or therapy to deal with your symptoms, I welcome your call. Let’s talk together about these issues and make a plan together to help you find relief.
Free 15-Minute Phone Consultation
Call (916) 912-4777 for a free, 15-minute telephone consultation to discover how you can benefit from my services. I look forward to hearing from you and discussing with you how my services can help with your anxiety..