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ANXIETY TREATMENT 

at EverTrue Therapy & Wellness 
What is Anxiety? 

"What is anxiety? Anxiety is a natural human response to stress or danger, often characterized by feelings of unease, worry, or fear. While it's normal to experience occasional anxiety in response to life's challenges, persistent or excessive anxiety that interferes with daily life may indicate an anxiety disorder. These disorders can manifest in various ways, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

When should I seek treatment for Anxiety? 

If you find that anxiety is significantly interfering with your daily life, relationships, work, or overall well-being, it may be time to seek help. Persistent feelings of worry, fear, or apprehension that disrupt your ability to function effectively or enjoy life are indications that professional support may be beneficial. Common symptoms of anxiety include: 

  • Excessive worry: Constantly feeling on edge or fretting about everyday situations, often without a specific cause or reason.

  • Problems concentrating: Difficulty focusing on tasks, making decisions, or remembering things due to intrusive thoughts or feelings of nervousness.

  • Restlessness: Feeling agitated or unable to relax, accompanied by a sense of inner tension or unease.

  • Irritability: Easily becoming frustrated, short-tempered, or impatient, even in situations that wouldn't typically provoke such reactions.

  • Muscle tension: Persistent tightness or stiffness in the muscles, often accompanied by bodily discomfort or pain, such as headaches or jaw clenching.

  • Fatigue: Feeling physically or mentally exhausted, despite getting adequate rest, due to the constant strain of anxiety.

  • Sleep disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restful sleep patterns, leading to daytime fatigue and irritability.

  • Avoidance of social situations or relationships: Intentionally withdrawing from social interactions or avoiding certain places or people due to feelings of anxiety or fear of judgment or rejection.

  • Panic attacks: Sudden and intense episodes of overwhelming fear or discomfort, accompanied by physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, shortness of breath, or chest pain.

 

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms and they're impacting your ability to live life to the fullest, reaching out to a qualified therapist or mental health professional can provide the support and guidance you need to address your anxiety effectively.

How can therapy help Anxiety? 

Therapy, particularly approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), can be highly effective in addressing anxiety. These evidence-based treatments provide practical tools and strategies to help individuals better understand and manage their anxiety symptoms.

In therapy, you'll work collaboratively with your therapist to identify the underlying thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors contributing to your anxiety. Through the use of CBT techniques, you'll learn to challenge and reframe unhelpful thought patterns that fuel anxiety, replacing them with more balanced and realistic perspectives.  Additionally, ACT focuses on accepting difficult thoughts and feelings rather than trying to control or avoid them. It helps individuals clarify their values and take committed action towards a meaningful life despite anxiety.

Therapy also provides a supportive and nonjudgmental space to explore the root causes of your anxiety, process past experiences, and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Your therapist will tailor the treatment approach to your individual needs, empowering you to build the skills and confidence needed to navigate life's challenges with greater ease and resilience.

If you find that anxiety is interfering with your ability to lead a fulfilling life, seeking professional help can provide you with the support and resources needed to manage your symptoms effectively.

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to Love, Believe, Do and mostly Live.”

- DALAI LAMA XIV

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