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Therapy For Anxiety Disorders

 

Do you ever feel like you are dying even though you know that logically, you aren’t? heart

Does your heart feel like it is pounding out of your chest, you can’t breathe and you might feel nauseated or sweaty?

Does the anxiety seem to occur all day long, not as an isolated incident?

 

You may be struggling from either GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER or PANIC ATTACKS.

 

Over the past few years we have found that medication is a way to deal with anxiety/panic disorder but there are other ways that you can use in case you don’t have your pills with you. First let’s look a the symptoms of Anxiety before we look at how we can help you feel better.

 

TYPES OF ANXIETY

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is best described as a feeling of excessive worry or anxiety which occurs most days over a period of at least six months. You may experience a sense of restlessness, become easily fatigued, have problems concentrating, or experience irritability. Now some of these symptoms can be caused by other issues, so getting an accurate diagnosis is crucial. Generalized anxiety occurs most of the day as opposed to panic attacks which are an event that occurs suddenly, out of no where.

Panic Attacks

Panic Attacks occur suddenly – a rush of physical symptoms (feeling like you are having a heart attack, you are “Going to die.”) You may experience sensations of nausea, dizziness, feel that you can’t think, breathe or concentrate. What happens physically is your “fight of flight” feelings kick in. You become terrified for what you feel is no logical reason.Despite trying to “talk yourself down” you experience an overwhelming sensation that often mimics a heart attack. Often individuals experiencing panic attacks are convinced they are having a heart attack because the shortness of breath, chest pains, mimic all they symptoms that you have been told to be aware of as being a legitimate cardiac issue. When individuals experience their first panic attack it is not unusual for them to call 911 to be taken to a hospital often to discover that you aren’t having a heart attack at which point you feel like you want to hide under the hospital bed in shame. But, the bottom line is unless you know you are having a panic attack it’s better to be safe than sorry! Always see an ER if you experience chest pains, arm pain, shortness of breath unless you are 100% sure that these symptoms are your body’s way of experiencing panic attacks.

There are many medications to help with panic attacks that you can keep in your purse or pocket when you start to learn the sensations of a Panic Attack vs a Heart Attack. These drugs are good for instantaneous relief but I have found that working with my patience with both talk therapy, visualization and something called mindfulness, a form of meditation, is healthier for you overall and it’s one less pill to pop. Now if your symptoms are extreme enough we can consider medication, until while I work with you on some other techniques that I have found to be very helpful with the majority of my patients.

The studies on mindfulness are incredible although it takes a few weeks to master it. You will find that by using meditation you will learn to relax which decreases the anxiety that you experience. In addition to helping Anxiety and Panic Disorder it lessens depression, PTSD, high blood pressure, decreases physical pain, and helps other physical disorders. In 2015, 60 minutes had Anderson Cooper do a training session on Mindfulness . Here is the first session on 60 minutes.

There are several other videos that you can learn about the scientific benefits of mindfulness that I have found has helped many of my patient’s with the majority of the issues they come to see me with. You can get the mindfulness guides on iTunes or Android for your phone or tablets. Here is the original link: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mindfulness-anderson-cooper-60-minutes/ . And if you are interested in learning mindfulness call me and I would be happy to add it to your sessions with me, or I can send you some information on classes.

 

Other types of anxiety are Social Anxiety Disorder, or Social Phobia (when you experience marked fear in social situations or interactions with people you are unfamiliar with).

All of these types of anxiety can be assisted by therapy, to understand what the original cause of your fear is, and then sorting out the best form of treatment. I can always send you to a Medical Doctor for medication but if we can help you without medication, with mindfulness, hypnosis, relaxation exercises, that is always beneficial. But everyone is different so I offer a multitude of treatments. Please understand anxiety and panic disorders are not a sign of weakness. They are your body’s way of screaming that you are on overload. Call or email today. The sooner we start working, the sooner you will get control over these overwhelming experiences.

 

Karen Anne Hoving, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist

720 878 8891

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