Megan tends to overthink things. Even things like parallel parking, choosing food off of a menu, or talking to her coworkers becomes difficult as soon as her thoughts start to race. She’s always tried her best to hold on tight as her emotions take her for another wild ride, but the vicious cycle of anxiety is starting to get old.
While she used to think that dealing with her anxiety meant staying closed off to talking about it, she’s noticed that might not be the healthiest approach. In fact, Megan is looking to schedule some time with a mental health professional to talk about her anxiety and hopefully learn to manage it better. She’s nervous about speaking with someone unfamiliar but also knows that it’s important to engage with them.
If you’re in Megan’s situation, then perhaps you’ve noticed that your anxiety has also become a negative, disruptive presence in your life. We all get anxious from time to time, but when anxiety becomes a persistent issue, then talking with a mental health professional can make a big difference. If you’re ready to reclaim your independence from the grasp of anxiety, call Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ.
Do I Have Anxiety? What Are the Symptoms?
Anxiety manifests differently in everyone, but with that in mind, there are several common symptoms that may serve as warning signs when someone is constantly anxious. You may have anxiety if you experience the following:
- Racing thoughts, inability to focus on daily tasks
- Constant fatigue
- Constantly feeling stressed
- Desire to avoid social encounters
- Reliving traumatic experiences in dreams or flashbacks
With these symptoms in mind, it’s important to note that if you’re diagnosed by one of our providers, you may find that your personal experience with anxiety varies. Until you talk with a provider, it’s a better idea to be wary of the signs of anxiety and to connect with a licensed professional at Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ to get treatment.
How Can Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ Help Me with My Anxiety?
Our therapists, counselors, and psychiatrists can help you to better manage, understand, and mitigate the symptoms of anxiety that you may be feeling. While our providers can all assist you effectively, their treatment approaches may vary. Our counselors and therapists help to treat anxiety by:
- Teaching clients coping mechanisms to use in real-life, anxiety-inducing situations
- Using talk therapy or behavioral therapy to promote self-awareness
- Helping family members or partners to understand their loved one’s anxiety through relationship therapy or family counseling
In comparison, psychiatrists differ in that they…
- Are medical doctors
- Can prescribe helpful medication that assists clients in managing the disruptive, damaging symptoms of anxiety
- Can use a combination of therapy and prescriptions that may treat more severe cases of anxiety more successfully
The Different Anxiety Disorders
“Anxiety” as we commonly think of it actually refers to a cluster of closely related mental health disorders. There are many different types, but some of the most common that our therapists, counselors, and psychiatrists help to address and treat are:
- Social anxiety disorder: Social anxiety induces distress while engaging with other people. Everything from grocery runs to birthday parties can be cumbersome, fear-filled events.
- Panic disorder: Panic disorder can cause panic attacks. These physical episodes might result in dizziness, chest pain, vertigo, and nausea.
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): GAD causes anxiety in different scenarios, whether real or imagined. This disorder can be difficult to identify because it isn’t triggered by any single source of anxiety.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): This disorder often induces irrational thought loops, or impulses to perform random physical actions in repetition.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD, can occur in anyone that has been through a psychologically or physically painful event. Those who suffer from it are often privy to flashbacks to traumatic events, nightmares, and antisocial behavior.
Schedule Anxiety Help at Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ
It can be difficult to manage persistent anxiety on your own, but with the assistance of a provider at Thriveworks in Gilbert, AZ you may enjoy newfound relief. If you’re interested in moving forward, call our office to get started with the scheduling process. When you do, our team will help you find the perfect provider for your anxiety, even if there’s no one in your area.
Plus, Thriveworks clients get a host of great benefits, such as:
- Online therapy options
- Email access to your provider outside of sessions as needed
- Evening and weekend scheduling availability
- The digital edition of “Leaving Depression Behind” and other electronic mental health resources
- Our Therapy Buddy app—a great way to measure your progress as you advance through therapy or psychiatric care
Anxiety doesn’t have to control the decisions you make in life. Getting professional support from a mental health professional at Thriveworks may be a solution to the persistent and uncomfortable symptoms of anxiety. Call our office in Gilbert, AZ today.