Anxiety becomes a disorder when the symptoms become chronic and interfere with your daily life and your ability to function. If you suffer from anxiety you may experience the following:
- Muscle tension
- Physical weakness
- Poor memory
- Sweaty hands
- Fear or confusion
- Inability to relax
- Constant worry
- Shortness of breath
- Upset stomach
- Poor concentration
These symptoms may be severe and upsetting enough to make you feel extremely uncomfortable, out of control and helpless.
I use a technique called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a proven scientific method to reduce or eliminate symptoms and get you back to a happier mental state. Through cognitive therapy, patients learn to understand how their thoughts contribute to the symptoms of anxiety disorders, and how to change those thought patterns to reduce the likelihood of occurrence and the intensity of reaction. Then, we will use behavioral techniques to help you gradually confront and tolerate fearful situations in a controlled, safe environment.
Cognitive therapy strategies may include looking at and monitoring your "self-talk", challenging unhelpful fears and beliefs, and testing out the reality of negative thoughts.
Some may respond to treatment after a few weeks or months, while others may need more than a year. Treatment may be complicated if you have more than one anxiety disorder or if you suffer from depression, substance abuse, or other co-existing conditions. This is why treatment must be tailored specifically for each individual. And that person-centered approach is exactly what we will do at Maesk Group Counseling.