Anxiety Disorders

  • Nervousness & Tension
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

What are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety is a normal human emotion. It enables us to prepare for certain kinds of stress and to cope with possible danger.

For many people, however, anxiety becomes excessive, prolonged and distressing. When it interferes with everyday life, we refer to it as an anxiety disorder.

Common symptoms of anxiety:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Lightheadedness
  • Hot or Cold Flashes
  • Butterflies in the Stomach
  • Bowel or Bladder Urgency

What are the Major Types of Anxiety Disorders?

Panic Disorder consists of sudden, unexpected physical sensations, such as heart palpitations, hot or cold flashes, dizziness and feelings of unreality.

Phobia involves avoidance of feared situations such as elevators, airplanes, driving or crowded places.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder includes repetitive anxious thoughts and actions such as fear of contamination and excessive cleaning or checking.

Common problems caused by anxiety include:

  • Concentration Difficulty
  • Avoidance of Activities
  • Stress-related Physical Symptoms
  • Impaired Relationships

How Can Treatment Help?

Our experience with anxiety teaches us that good treatment begins with a thorough understanding of each individual.

We take time to understand all the factors that may be related to a person’s experience of anxiety.

Once we determine the nature and source of the anxiety, treatment is individually tailored. For many patients, counseling is provided which focuses on gaining personal insight and on working toward practical goals. Useful behavioral strategiesare often taught. The goal of treatment is to improve the individual’s ability to cope.

In the end, everyone would rather say that they, not their anxiety, are in control.