Anxiety in San Antonio, TX—Therapy and Counseling
Focused concentration. Clear thinking. Positivity. Many people take these for granted, but for the 40 million people in the US who struggle with an anxiety disorder, they know differently. Anxiety can make everyday living harder, and those who have an anxiety disorder may…
- Not have a reason for why, but they often feel worried and/or nervous.
- Never have a break from their persistent anxiety.
- Feel lonely and isolated—as if they are the only ones who struggle.
- Have loved ones who do not understand the toll anxiety has taken on their mind and body.
- Feel as if another person is living in their head—continually reminding them of their vulnerability, insecurity, and fear.
All people feel worried or nervous or even anxious from time to time. In many ways, when it is regulated, worry is a healthy feeling. It can alert people to potential danger. When it is functioning properly, it naturally subsides after the danger has passed. Anxiety disorders, in contrast, are not naturally regulated. The anxious feeling rises but never resolves—it is deregulated. Author Matt Haig describes the experience of living with anxiety, saying, “It is very hard to explain to people who have never known serious depression or anxiety the sheer continuous intensity of it. There is no off switch.” Anxiety disorders are serious illnesses, and when people are suffering, it often feels as if there is no off-switch. However, many people are finding the off switch. Like most major diseases, anxiety disorders often require treatment from a mental health to heal, but healing is possible.
That is why Thriveworks San Antonio offers counseling and therapy for anxiety: healing is possible. We have worked with many clients who were fighting anxiety and who found the treatment they desperately needed.
Different Anxiety Disorders
“A crust eaten in peace is better than
a banquet partaken in anxiety.” —Aesop
Anxiety is often spoken of as if it were a singular illness, but it comes in many forms. It is a complicated disease. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) several different forms that anxiety can take:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – What most people simply call anxiety is what mental health professionals call Generalized Anxiety Disorder. When people suffer from GAD, they will feel persistent worry for the majority of the day, on most days, and for a period of at least six months. GAD, however, can and often does last longer than six months. The anxiety is accompanied by symptoms such as restlessness, fatigue, sleep disruptions, irritability, muscle tension, appetite disruptions, and more.
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) – Anxiety can also rise in particular situations, and when those situations involve social interactions, the anxiety disorder may be Social Anxiety Disorder. When people try to bypass interacting with others… when they feel extreme discomfort in a crowd… when they avoid strangers, they may have SAD. People who have SAD may feel humiliated when they are around people, regardless of what is happening. They often feel judged and rejected. They have difficulty receiving kindness and love. They frequently feel isolated and lonely.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – When people live through trauma, the experience can linger with them. The trauma can be war, sexual violence, child abuse, and more. PTSD can look like experiencing nightmares or flashback or intrusive memories that relive the event. PTSD can look like continuing to feel the stress and anxiety that the event induced long after the event has passed.
- Panic Disorder – Anxiety sometimes lays low until it cannot be held down anymore, and people have a panic attack. During a panic attack, people’s limbs may feel numb, they may have difficulty breathing, they often feel chills or hot flashes, their heart may race, and more. People often mistake panic attacks for a heart attack or for dying. However, the symptoms of a panic attack subside on their own. When people have more than one panic attack, they may be suffering with a Panic Disorder.
The Physical and Emotional Cost of Anxiety
Anxiety Disorders are diseases, and they do not strike without leaving harm. The toll of anxiety is both physical and emotional. A few of the ways that anxiety can disrupt a person’s life include…
- Disrupted Appetite – Anxiety can raise some people’s appetite. For others, it suppresses their appetite. Understandably, weigh fluctuations follow. In many cases, the weight gain or loss can harm people’s health.
- Irregular Sleep Patterns – Same as appetite, anxiety can disrupt people’s sleep patterns. For some, they experience insomnia—the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep or experience restful sleep. Others experience hypersomnia—the desire to sleep constantly.
- Fatigue – Fighting any illness is draining, and anxiety is the same. Many people who have an anxiety disorder feel fatigued, whether they are experiencing sleep disruptions or not. Living daily life can take extreme effort.
Scheduling Therapy for Anxiety through Thriveworks San Antonio
If you are experiencing the symptoms and the effects of an anxiety disorder, know that help is available. There are many treatment options available, and the mental health professionals at Thriveworks San Antonio have helped many clients find the help and the relief they needed. We know that fighting anxiety is difficult—scheduling therapy should not be. When you contact our office, you may be meeting with your counselor the following day. We do not keep a waitlist, but we do offer evening and weekend sessions. We also accept many forms of insurance. Call Thriveworks San Antonio today.