Anxiety is a general term for several mental health disorders that cause fear, apprehension, nervousness and worry. Anxiety disorders affect how you feel and behave and can manifest actual physical symptoms. Mild anxiety can be upsetting, while severe anxiety can be debilitating and seriously affects one's life. Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You may feel anxious over a job interview or when making an important decision, but anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry and fear and can interfere with daily activities such as school, work, and relationships. An estimated 40 million adults (18%) of adults in the US have an anxiety disorder. Treatment focuses on several types of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
BlueSky Behavioral Health, LLC's treatment approach places a focus on mental health symptoms, and therapists treat anxiety disorders through individualized therapy, group therapy and complementary treatments including Yoga and Meditation. Therapy is individualized and directed at the person's specific anxieties.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involve unrealistic, excessive anxiety or worry about everyday things for months and include symptoms such as irritability, muscle tension, difficulty controlling the worry, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems and restlessness. Those with GAD often expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason to be concerned. Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day causes anxiety. Panic disorder involves having recurrent unexpected panic attacks, which are sudden episodes of intense fear that may include rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking, feeling short of breath, heart palpitations and feeling of impending doom. Panic disorder symptoms include sudden and repeated attacks of intense fear, feelings of being out of control, intense worries about when the next panic attack will happen and fear or avoidance of places where panic attacks have happened in the past.
Social anxiety disorder is often referred to as social phobia and involves a marked fear of social events or performance situations in which one expects to feel judged, embarrassed, fearful of offending others or rejected. Symptoms of social anxiety include:
✔️ Feeling very anxious about being around others as well as having a difficult time speaking to them;
✔️ Being very afraid that others will judge them;
✔️ Worrying for days or weeks before an event where other people will be;
✔️ Blushing, sweating or shaking around others;
✔️ Feeling nauseous when other people are around;
✔️ Having a difficult time making and keeping friends;
✔️ Feeling very self-conscious around others;
✔️ Worry about being humiliated;
✔️ Staying away from places where there are other people.
Therapists at BlueSky utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a type of therapy used in treatment to teach those with anxiety disorders different ways of thinking, behaving and reacting to anxiety-producing and fearful situations. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is also utilized by therapists to help people learn and practice coping skills which are key to the treatment of anxiety disorders. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is also a treatment used by therapists at BlueSky Behavioral Health. This treatment approach is a specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment that emphasizes the psychosocial aspects of treatment. The theory that some people are prone to react in a more intense and out of the ordinary way towards certain emotional situations. It suggests that some people's arousal levels in these situations can increase more rapidly than the average person's, attain a higher level of emotional stimulation and take longer to return to a baseline level of arousal.
Group therapy treatment is also available, and treatment focuses on teaching those with anxiety disorders the skills needed to manage their anxiety, including stress and relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and meditation while receiving feedback from others who also have anxiety disorders. Yoga is also available to help improve the management of anxiety symptoms. Medication may reduce the symptoms of anxiety and can be prescribed by the psychiatrist at BlueSky Behavioral Health. However, it is important to understand that medications do not cure anxiety disorders but rather may help to reduce the symptoms.
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