Therapy for Anxiety
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Anxiety is a natural human phenomenon. Too much of it can cause major havoc physically and emotionally. Cognitive behavior therapy works well for anxiety. Understanding the roots of anxiety and depression can be a combination of temperament and environment. Online therapy really works well for some clients. In-person therapy is ideal for all seeking therapy/counseling.
One of many symptoms are often: increased awareness. Our flight or fight response is turned up. It is also associated with stressful thoughts, and ruminating thoughts (thinking about something over and over, that are often completely out of our control. When our system overloads this is when someone may experience panic attacks. Often the individual has increased breathing (hyperventilating). Symptoms include, not limited to dizziness, tunnel vision, chest pain, nausea, hot and cold flashes, sweating, increased adrenaline, and feeling similar to a heart attack.
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What are the most common symptoms? A variety of physical and psychological symptoms, including:
- Increased heart rate
- Muscle tension
- Stomach problems
- Constant worrying
- Avoidance behaviors
- Difficulty concentrating
- Panic attacks
Note: These symptoms can vary from person to person and the severity of symptoms can also vary.
Yes, it is possible for some individuals to experience anxiety when seeing a therapist. This can be due to a variety of reasons, such as fear of being judged, fear of discussing sensitive topics, or fear of facing unpleasant emotions.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that therapy is a safe and confidential space where individuals can work through their emotions and challenges with the support of a trained professional. With the right approach, therapy can actually help reduce anxiety and provide individuals with the tools they need to manage their symptoms more effectively.
If the thought of seeing a therapist is causing you anxiety, it’s important to communicate this to your therapist, who can work with you to address your concerns and help you feel more comfortable and at ease. With time and patience, many individuals find that therapy can be a valuable and empowering experience that helps them lead a more fulfilling life.
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