Everyone experiences anxious feelings occasionally. Whether you have an exam, a performance, or a baby on the way, anxiety is a natural response and may even ensure that you get to the hospital on time or nail your performance. However, when you are experiencing anxiety consistently, or it interferes with your daily activities, it may be time to seek anxiety counseling in Orlando.
Anxiety disorders are characterized by long-term fear and worry and worsen over time. There are various anxiety disorders, and symptoms vary from person to person. The most recognized anxiety disorder types include the following:
Social anxiety disorder is a social phobia that causes sufferers to have extreme fear and anxiety of social gatherings where they may get embarrassed or feel judged. In addition, being in social settings causes them self-doubt, nervousness, worry, or fear of offending others or being rejected.
Generalized anxiety disorder is marked by constant fear and worry over any number of things, like finances, health problems, or just a general sense of impending doom.
Phobias present as extreme fears of distressing situations like riding the subway or specific objects like wasps or spiders.
Panic disorder is identified by repeated panic attacks, including shortness of breath, sweating, trembling, rapid heartbeat, and general dread. Attacks seem to come on quickly with no apparent warning signs. As a result, panic attack sufferers often restrict or change their daily activities due to fears of when the next attack will strike. The most common physical symptoms of anxiety include chest tightness and an elevated heartbeat. Psychological symptoms include feeling a loss of control or a desire to distance yourself from the situation or hide. Avoidance is the most recognized behavioral symptom.
Anxiety symptoms tend to increase in longevity and frequency over time and include:
Seeking professional help for these symptoms is advised so that anxiety will not negatively mark your relationships, home, or career. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is
crucial to seek the advice of a primary care provider to check blood levels and determine whether the effects of your medications or specific health problems are worsening or imitating an anxiety disorder. Once medical issues have been ruled out, additional treatments can include psychotherapy, exercise, self-care, smoking cessation, avoiding drugs and alcohol, relaxation techniques, a healthier diet, meditation, or a reduction in caffeine.
Some sufferers benefit from support groups, self-help materials, and prescription medications. Anxiety is manageable and treatable, so it doesn't require you to experience needless suffering by putting off professional treatment. Call us today to start anxiety counseling in Orlando if you find yourself suffering. Our providers have the experience and expertise to help you work through your symptoms and find a course of treatment that dramatically reduces or eliminates your anxiety symptoms. We want to be your partner in building a better life and achieving improved mental health and wellbeing.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.