The psychiatrist Elisabeth Kubler-Ross once stated, “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” This is very wise, but unfortunately there’s a mental health condition that can severely limit one’s ability to “live each day to the fullest”: anxiety. Someone with acute anxiety might see life and death scenarios around every corner. Extreme fears and worries can interfere with daily functioning. And anxiety can remove the joy from moments that should be joyful. But fortunately, researchers in the field of psychology have found better and better ways to manage anxiety through therapeutic interventions.
Anxiety therapy at Thriveworks in Spring, TX is top-of-the-line and based on evidence from countless psychological studies. The mental health providers at Thriveworks are recruited from the best 4% of applicants, ensuring that clients get the most premium treatment from licensed mental health professionals working in the field. Thriveworks therapists have the compassion, expertise, and psychological insights to help individuals reduce anxiety symptoms and get back to fulfilling their goals.
What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?
The symptoms of anxiety can vary from person to person, which is why the therapists at Thriveworks in Spring, TX always take an individualized approach. That being said, certain basic criteria are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is used as a guide to treat anxiety and depression, as well as other mental health conditions. According to the DSM, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) manifests with the following symptoms:
- Excessive anxiety and worry that’s hard to control
- Three or more of the following:
- Being easily fatigued
- Attention difficulties
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disturbances
- These additional types of anxiety disorders are ruled out:
- Panic disorder and panic attacks
- Social anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Separation anxiety
- Anorexia nervosa
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Symptoms cause significant distress or impairment
- Symptoms aren’t caused by a substance or another medical condition
Because the symptoms of anxiety can sometimes be physical, as when someone experiences gastrointestinal problems related to anxious feelings, people often present to their primary care doctor first. But anxiety requires specialized psychological treatment from a mental health professional. Physicians often refer people to Thriveworks for authoritative care.
What Therapy Is Good for Anxiety?
Different kinds and degrees of anxiety respond to different types of therapy and treatment plans. The licensed anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Spring, TX might tailor any of the following treatments toward individual clients:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Exposure therapy, especially for specific phobias of objects or situations (also called systematic desensitization)
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Psychiatric medication like antidepressants, prescribed by a licensed Thriveworks psychiatrist
- Relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing
- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
- Panic-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy
- Applied relaxation training (ART)
- Supportive-expressive therapy
- Support groups
- Substance abuse counseling
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
- Nutrition and exercise modifications
- Family therapy or couples counseling
Treatment plans can always evolve based on client feedback, goals, and responses.
What Is Separation Anxiety Disorder?
Separation anxiety disorder is when someone experiences acute distress when they’re separated from someone to whom they have an emotional attachment. This condition is normally observed in children, and typically wanes with age. But adults can also experience separation anxiety disorder. They might worry about the distance between themselves and another person or a beloved pet. They may need to know someone’s exact location at all times so they won’t feel a sense of panic. The anxiety therapists at Thriveworks in Spring, TX can diagnose separation anxiety disorder and treat it with CBT or other talk therapy methods.
Consult an Anxiety Therapist at Thriveworks in Spring, TX
Anxiety therapy at Thriveworks in Spring, TX can be short term or long term, depending on individual symptoms and responses. A provider at Thriveworks can give new patients a full evaluation in as few as 24-48 hours after their initial booking. Thriveworks providers accept most major forms of health insurance. They also offer competitive self-pay rates for clients who are paying out-of-pocket. Clients who enroll with Thriveworks can access their provider by phone or email between sessions. Lastly, Thriveworks offers clients the choice of traditional, in-person counseling sessions or online counseling sessions. Some clients even choose a hybrid model of care based around their own comfort and convenience. Online counseling at Thriveworks can save clients money and time without sacrificing any of the quality of care.
Call the Thriveworks office during extended business hours to reach a person, not a voicemail. Our staff can help match you to an exceptional anxiety therapist. We look forward to helping you feel good again!