Stanley’s heart races every time he’s asked to answer questions during meetings at work. Chelsea’s mind is in a constant state of worry about the things she needs to get done each day. Daniel is too afraid to talk to new people that he can’t even go out to eat at a restaurant with his friends. Vanessa went through a traumatic event and now she can’t travel down certain roads because they trigger her negative memories.
Anxiety can present itself in many different ways. The bad news is that millions of American adults will suffer from anxiety each year. The good news is that help for anxiety is readily available. So if you can relate to Stanley, Chelsea, Daniel, or Vanessa in some way, there’s a good chance that you might be one of those millions of adults.
Thriveworks Counseling in Memphis, TN only works with the best anxiety therapists and mental health professionals. They dedicate their lives to learning about anxiety, how to treat anxiety, and to help people with anxiety learn the coping skills they need to live healthily and happily.
Living with anxiety can be really difficult. However, it doesn’t have to stay that way forever. If you’re experiencing anxiety symptoms and feel like you could benefit from working with a mental health professional, consider reaching out to our office. We’d love to assist you.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
As you probably gathered from the different situations above, there are many different types of anxiety that someone may experience. Sometimes it’s because of a specific phobia, other times there’s no clear-cut reason. In order to benefit the most from treatment for anxiety, it’s essential that you know what form you’re experiencing.
Symptoms and signs of anxiety may include changes in appetite, excessive sweating, feelings of doom, restlessness, excessive worry, shortness of breath, insomnia, hypersomnia, irritability, and fatigue.
The anxiety therapists at our office are trained in diagnosing types of anxiety and offering treatment plans based on your situation. You could be experiencing any number of anxiety conditions, including:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A type of anxiety disorder that is caused by a previous traumatic event. Those who have PTSD suffer from anxiety brought on by triggers (objects or situations) that remind them of their trauma.
- Social Anxiety Disorder: People experience social anxiety due to fear of becoming embarrassed or rejected in social situations. This can include going to public events, presenting during a meeting, or simply making a phone call to someone new.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): This is the most common form of anxiety and presents itself in many different ways. People with this type of anxiety experience symptoms for many different reasons including worrying about responsibilities, making sure their family members are okay, and just dealing with general negative thoughts.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): This disorder is characterized by having obsessive thoughts and compulsions that greatly affect daily living. This can present through obsessively cleaning, hoarding, constantly checking on things, and obsessive thoughts that could be harmful to yourself or others
- Panic Disorder: Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety that induces panic attacks. This can be brought on by fear or can randomly happen when you’re least expecting it. Panic attacks typically last about 10 minutes and have symptoms of chest pain, hot flashes, feeling dizzy, inability to breathe normally, and feelings of choking.
Treatment for Depression and Anxiety
The hardest part about getting help is deciding to ask for it. But once you do, you’ll slowly realize that living the successful life you’ve always wanted is possible. Treating disorders like anxiety can be a complex process. To tackle them, your therapist will first assess your thoughts and feelings to create a custom treatment plan based on your needs. Then, they’ll utilize a variety of methods and techniques to help you learn how to cope, manage, and overcome your challenging emotions.
Talk-based therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, relaxation techniques, and management techniques are types of therapies that could be used to reduce anxiety. Lifestyle interventions, such as improved nutrition and exercise can also be recommended. In instances where you might be a good fit for a medication, your therapist will work closely with your primary care doctor or psychiatrist to ensure the correct medication is administered for your needs.
Through therapy, you can achieve things like:
- Effective coping mechanisms
- Better communication skills
- Understanding how to identify your stressors
- Reduced symptoms through management techniques
- Greater overall quality of life
Work With an Anxiety Therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Memphis, TN
To get started, give our office a call. One of our scheduling specialists will work with you to find an appointment time that best suits you. We offer our clients comprehensive care and added benefits such as online counseling options, no waitlist, evening and weekend appointments in addition to our regular daytime hours, flexible cancellations, and next-day appointments.
Our goal is to help you overcome the challenges you face. We want you to succeed. Let’s work together on your mental health journey.