Anxiety Therapy 101: What You Need to Know

Anxiety Therapy 101: What You Need to Know

Anxiety Therapy 101: What You Need to Know

Anxiety symptoms can often be debilitating, causing panic attacks, racing thoughts, and sleepless nights that come virtually from nowhere. Fortunately, anxiety is considered highly treatable. Studies show that more than half of patients who undergo therapy for depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems, experience significant improvements in their mental health.

With a high success rate, it is surprising that most people still fail to seek therapy because of societal stigma. Many people are scared to appear broken or weak, while others fear what is involved with treatment. The truth remains that there are many benefits to seeking anxiety therapy; Dr. Phillips can help patients find improved mental health, including a greatly improved quality of life.

Why people seek therapy

 In the most general terms individuals, go to therapy because they are having trouble of some type and need help. Since every person's struggle is unique, specific reasons for therapy vary from individual to individual. But some of the reasons include the following:

Substance abuse

People struggling with mental health problems often self-medicate with alcohol and drugs, deepening and masking their suffering.

Insomnia

 Many mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, are characterized by sleep problems and restlessness. Furthermore, insufficient sleep quality worsens these symptoms and creates a vicious cycle.

Out of control thoughts

One of the main themes of anxiety is spiraling thoughts and excessive worry that causes discomfort and distress in every area of your life. When your anxious thoughts are out of control, they can impact your ability to maintain relationships, care for yourself, or work severely.

Loneliness

The human race is very social. Therefore, feeling alone and isolated can negatively impact your mental health and well-being. In addition, symptoms of depression or anxiety can drive you further away from other people, creating a cycle of loneliness that can be difficult to break.

Why therapy works

 Therapy is not just about providing a quick fist fix or venting. It's actually about addressing your problems to find effective long-term solutions. Among many other things, therapy sessions can provide you with the following:

Coping skills

 To deal with symptom onset or avoid symptoms before they begin, you will require the development of coping skills for the anxiety and stress of your daily life. Therapy sessions will help you identify skills that work well for you.

Healthy habits

Therapy can teach you to start transforming your patterns of negative thoughts and replacing them with productive, healthy ones. In addition, you will learn to establish brand new habits that support a more healthy lifestyle.

Self-awareness

A huge part of therapy is finding the root cause of your issues by discovering and resolving any long-standing issues you have. Then, you will be able to conquer the sources of your depression and anxiety and receive insight into why things appear the way they do.

3 Types of mental health therapy

Effective therapy is far from a one-size-fits-all process. Different symptoms and conditions require specific treatment approaches. Available therapy options include the following:

Medications

Sometimes Pharmaceuticals can help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety and help you have stability. Medication can be a long-term or short-term solution, depending on what you and your therapist determine.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

This therapy option combines behavioral therapy and talk therapy to transform dysfunctional thoughts and develop better problem-solving strategies.

Psychotherapy

In a group or one-on-one setting, patients talk to a therapist, identify fears, develop goals, and deepen interpersonal relationships.

Whether you are suffering from depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions, a professional therapist can help you meet your mental health needs. In addition, outpatient services provide you the opportunity to attend treatment while remaining engaged in your personal life. In contrast, inpatient treatment programs are ideal for people who need more supervision and structure.

If you need anxiety therapy, Dr. Phillips has you covered. Call us today for more information.

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Heather Oller

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.