Isabelle knew that moving to a new place would be nerve-wracking. Sleepless nights and incessant worrying made sense with such a big life change.
Before she knew it though, a year had passed and she still worried all the time. No matter how tired she felt, she tossed and turned all night, analyzing and reanalyzing the events of her days and asking questions about her future. She’d found a group of friends she clicked with, and even though they were great, she still felt insecure. What if she said something to upset them? Maybe they secretly wished she weren’t around. She scrutinized her every interaction with them.
Most of all, despite the success in her new life, she couldn’t shake the feeling that something bad was going to happen. What if she lost her job? What if she started to hate this city she loved? What if a natural disaster hit?
One night, when turning over worry after worry, Isabelle found herself unable to control her breath. Her chest felt tight. She felt out of control of her own body. Later, when describing the feelings to her friend, they suggested that she may have experienced a panic attack. Feeling exhausted from always being on edge, Isabelle decided to reach out to a therapist.
Anxiety can arise at any time in your life. Sometimes, it comes after a major life change or the loss of a loved one. Sometimes, it seems to come out of nowhere at all. People with anxiety can feel stress and apprehension, seemingly without reason, that can be incredibly disruptive to how they live their lives.
Fortunately, treating anxiety is possible, and the therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in Scottsdale, AZ are here to help you.
What Are the Causes and Types of Anxiety?
Anxiety symptoms can stem from many different situations and can look different from person to person.
Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety disorders include:
- Increased heart rate
- Rapid breathing
- Persistent feelings of fear or a sense of impending doom
- Difficulty focusing
- Trouble recalling memories
- Feelings of restlessness or the inability to sit still
- Muscle tension or soreness
- Sleep disruptions, like insomnia or hypersomnia
- A change in appetite
- A loss of control or feeling of disconnect between your body and mind
- Panic attacks
Usually, people with an anxiety disorder have at least three of these symptoms that are present in a variety of settings, from home to school to work. These symptoms can point to different anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Our mental health professionals in Scottsdale, AZ can help you figure out how these symptoms manifest in your life, whether you’re experiencing an anxiety disorder, and how to address and cope with these symptoms.
What To Expect From Anxiety Therapy
Treating anxiety most often takes the form of talk therapy, medication, or a mix of the two. The providers at Thriveworks in Scottsdale, AZ will take into account what disorder you’re dealing with and the severity of your symptoms in order to give you the anxiety counseling and treatment that best suits your needs.
For people with mild to moderate anxiety, shorter-term therapy coupled with some lifestyle changes might be the perfect regimen for managing their mental wellbeing. This could involve understanding any triggers you might have and implementing practices like meditation and relaxation techniques into your daily routine to reduce your anxiety.
For people with more moderate to severe anxiety, a treatment plan consisting of longer-term therapy and medication might be a better fit. Some popular types of therapy include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and exposure therapy. Whatever your treatment plan may be, your Thriveworks counselor or therapist will prioritize creating a safe and compassionate environment for you to address your symptoms so you can start feeling better.
We understand that asking for help can feel vulnerable and intimidating, and we want you to know we’ll be here to support you every step of the way. Give us a call at Thriveworks in Scottsdale, AZ to schedule an online or in-person appointment.
Schedule Anxiety Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ
Whenever you’re ready, our therapists and counselors are standing by to help you feel grounded and present again. If you call or click today, you might even be able to meet with a provider in as little as 48 hours. We accept most major insurance plans and offer affordable rates for those paying out of pocket.
Other benefits of signing up with Thriveworks Counseling include:
- Weekend and evening availability
- An online counselor-moderated forum
- A 24-hour “Ask-a-Coach” Q&A
- Ultra-flexible cancellation policy
- Exclusive video content
Your anxiety symptoms don’t have to dominate your life. Schedule an appointment with one of our providers at Thriveworks in Scottsdale, AZ today to start your mental health journey.