What’s the worst thing that could happen? For people with anxiety, that question isn’t as rhetorical as you may think. Anxiety disorders can cause constant fear that doesn’t go away with time.
A person with an anxiety disorder may experience mental, emotional, and physical symptoms that detract from their relationships, cause pain, and prevent them from setting or pursuing goals.
But anxiety is not something you simply “have to live with.” Psychologists and other mental health providers can help you treat, manage, and mitigate your anxiety symptoms so that you can return to normal life. Consider scheduling an appointment with an anxiety counselor or therapist at Thriveworks in Elmhurst, IL to get started.
What Kinds of Anxiety Are There?
Anxiety is often used as an umbrella phrase for different types of anxiety. The following are some of the most common types of anxiety:
- Social anxiety disorder is the overwhelming anxiety of being judged by other people. It may be caused by negative past experiences or trauma and can lead to fear of social situations like attending a party or using public transportation.
- Phobias are characterized by an excessive fear of a specific object or situation. This may be anything from the fear of cats (ailurophobia) to the fear of heights (acrophobia). Phobias are often the result of past unpleasant experiences involving the anxiety’s trigger.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by recurring, repetitive behaviors. People with OCD believe they must perform a certain task a certain way or face undesirable consequences. Genetics, biology, and learned behaviors may contribute to obsessive-compulsive disorder.
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent anxiety or fear that far exceeds what is normally warranted by a given situation. People with generalized anxiety disorder may also feel fear or panic for no apparent reason. Personality, trauma, and genetics may all play a role in developing this disorder.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is anxiety caused by a past traumatic event that you experienced or witnessed. It is often accompanied by night terrors, and many people with PTSD avoid the places or stimulants that trigger memories of the trauma.
- Panic disorder is characterized by sudden episodes of panic and dread that result in panic attacks. Panic attacks are typically accompanied by physical symptoms such as numbness, dizziness, blackouts, or chest pain. Genetics, drugs, and environmental stressors can all contribute to panic disorders.
The above are only some of the many different types of anxiety disorders. Every disorder is different but many of them have common symptoms such as worry, fatigue, and fear. If you’ve ever felt these symptoms or any of the symptoms listed above, consider reaching out to a mental health professional. Our licensed professionals at Thriveworks in Elmhurst, IL would be happy to help address your concerns.
Why Should I Seek Out Anxiety Therapy?
While everyone feels anxious from time to time, people with anxiety often have persistent feelings of helplessness. Sometimes these feelings are associated with innocuous, everyday triggers that make it difficult to move through the world normally.
When anxiety immobilizes you or causes you to live in constant fear, it may be time to seek outside help. Psychologists, counselors, and other wellness providers have the experience, tools, and training necessary to help you manage your behaviors and reduce anxiety.
While treatment looks different for every individual, therapy for anxiety may include the following:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which encourages you to adjust your thought patterns so you can mitigate symptoms and change the way you respond to problems.
- Psychodynamic therapy, which examines the psychological basis of emotional pain.
- Exposure therapy, which seeks to reduce negative responses to anxiety triggers by slowly introducing triggers in a controlled environment.
In addition to these and other types of therapy, your therapist may introduce coping mechanisms and relaxation techniques, encourage physical fitness, and ask you to remove stimulants such as caffeine.
Your specific treatment plan will depend on an assessment of your symptoms and goals. To get a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs, please contact us online or by phone at Thriveworks in Elmhurst, IL.
Anxiety Counseling Appointments at Thriveworks in Elmhurst, IL
Throughout our lives, we will all encounter situations that make us anxious. But when that anxiousness prevents us from doing the things we care about or interacting with the people who matter to us, it may be time to seek professional help.
At Thriveworks, we have a dedicated team that is eager to help you reach your wellness goals. Some of the benefits of talking to a Thriveworks team member include:
- Access to a professionally moderated community board
- Offices that are open early and close late
- Access to your provider between sessions via email and phone
- Online counseling services via phone and video
We accept many different forms of insurance and offer a flexible cancellation policy. New clients are often able to be seen within 24 to 48 hours of calling us.
Our phobias, traumas, and anxieties do not have to define who we are. To speak to a licensed professional at Thriveworks in Elmhurst, IL, click our scheduling tool or give us a call. We look forward to seeing you soon.