ANXIETY

Thrive Psychology Group - Los Angeles

OVERVIEW

Anxiety, or extreme apprehension and worry is a normal reaction to stressful life situations. In some cases, however, worry becomes pervasive and chronic, causing sufferers to dread everyday situations and develop more severe issues. Unchecked and untreated anxiety can lead to Panic Disorders, Social Phobias, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Simple Phobias (such as medical phobias or air travel), Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Anxiety can also lead to panic attacks—severe episodes of anxiety that occur in response to specific triggers. Anxiety so frequently co-occurs with depression that the two are thought to be twin faces of one issue. Anxiety is also twice as likely to impact women than men.

HOW DOES ANXIETY IMPACT MY WELLBEING?

Untreated Anxiety can be very detrimental to overall health and well being. Typically, those who suffer from prolonged anxiety experience a range of symptoms, including excessive worry about health, money, family, work, or school performance, even when there are no signs of trouble. Anxiety can also produce the following symptoms:

  •  Irrational expectations of the worst outcome in many situations

  •  Inability to relax

  •  Irritability

  • Insomnia

  •  Tiredness

  •  Headaches

  •  Muscle tension

  •  Difficulty swallowing

  •  Trembling or twitching

  •  Frequent urination

WHAT CAUSES ANXIETY?

In people with severe anxiety, the brain circuitry that controls the threat response goes awry. At the heart of the circuit is the amygdala, a structure that flags incoming signals as worrisome and communicates with other parts of the brain to put the body on alert. Early life events, especially traumatic ones, can impact the circuitry so that it becomes oversensitive and sends out alarms too frequently. While the normal human brain perceives threats in regular fashion order to survive, those with anxiety see threats where there aren't any, perhaps because emotional memories affect their perceptions.

IS ANXIETY TREATABLE?

Absolutely! In fact, Anxiety is the the most common reason for individuals seeking mental health treatment, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Nearly 30% of adults will experience severe anxiety at some point in their lives. The good news is that therapy helps most people lead normal productive lives. Although each type of anxiety has unique characteristics, most types of anxiety respond well to ongoing persistent treatment. At Thrive, we recommend Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), to help you client learn a different way of thinking, reacting and behaving, as well as Mindfulness based treatments such as MBCT and MBSR. In the case of PTSD, we also recommend EMDR therapy as an effective method of treatment.

If you are experiencing anxiety, you don’t have to suffer any longer. Reach out today. We can set you on your path towards overcoming anxiety.