The higher the level of anxiety, the more difficult it becomes to manage it. Fear is a natural part of life, and some things need to be feared. But sometimes we learn to fear things we shouldn’t. For instance, a child who begins to fear school. Their body gives them a “fight or flight” response. There is no one to fight and no where to run. This now turns into maladaptive anxiety symptoms and eventually into panic attacks for many people.
Rago & Associates have a variety of approaches to treating anxiety disorders, and will come up with an individual treatment plan based on your specific needs.
Symptoms of anxiety may include: racing heart, shortness of breath, hyper alertness, jumpiness, trouble sleeping, muscle tension, stomach and bowel symptoms, difficulty concentrating and irritability. It may also develop into chronic or exaggerated worry and tension, with nothing that seems to provoke it. People with anxiety disorder may worry excessively about one particular part of their life (the safety of their children, health, money, work) or they may have trouble determining the cause of their intensive anxiety.
Anxiety is physiological, so is includes powerful states within the body, some of which are too powerful for only the mind to control. So coordinating with a physician can be an important tool to help defeat debilitating anxiety. And then learning many coping strategies such as mindfulness, exposure techniques and cognitive problem solving can all help you overcome overwhelming anxiety.
Many people end up in the emergency room with a panic attack so severe that it makes you wonder if your heart is ok! So working preventatively with your therapist can help you avoid this scenario, or at least stop the cycle if it has already begun. It is very comforting and effective not to go thorough severe anxiety on your own. Many evidence based solutions can work for you.
Counseling to recover from anxiety disorders includes cognitive and supportive techniques. Exposure to the feared events and learning to overcome unwarranted fears may be part of therapy. Medication is often helpful to break the cycles and inhibit the “fight or flight” response.