Anxiety, Panic Disorder, and Phobia Treatment

Anxiety is an important aspect of experiencing a healthy range of emotions. Your mind may trigger an anxious response before important events, at times when you’re in danger, or in a variety of other typical situations. These feelings of anxiety can be helpful to keep us safe. However, if you experience anxiety with no recognizable cause and it seems to have taken over your life, you may be experiencing an anxiety disorder. 

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by an elevated sense of fear or dread. Although this can be a healthy and natural response to many situations, some people can develop an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder occurs when you feel persistently anxious, your anxiety seems uncontrollable or overwhelming, or it interferes with your daily activities. Generalized anxiety is the predominant diagnosis, but there are also more specific forms of anxiety such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, and agoraphobia. It’s important to understand that anxiety disorders are serious conditions. Without treatment, chronic and long-lasting anxiety can lead to a number of health conditions such as elevated blood pressure (hypertension) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

When Should I Consider Counseling for Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concerns impacting people in the U.S. With appropriate intervention, most people who struggle with anxiety disorders can go on to lead satisfying lives. Therapy should be an essential component of any treatment plan for anxiety disorders. Due to the physical symptoms associated with anxiety like racing heart, sweating, and difficulty breathing, many people visit a general practitioner first. Physicians are equipped to recognize the signs of anxiety, and they will often prescribe medications to help control the symptoms of this disorder. Counseling is necessary to address the underlying causes of your anxiety and to help you develop effective coping strategies. At New Horizons Counseling we’re here to help you take control of your situation and begin experiencing a healthier, more fulfilling daily life. Therapy is a great way to start understanding your anxiety and changing your experiences. To get help with anxiety, contact New Horizons Counseling today.

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