Is Fear Holding You Back From Enjoying Your Life?
Do you suffer from panic attacks or a debilitating phobia? Are you struggling to understand why you experience panic attacks? When you enter panic mode, does your chest tighten to the point where you feel like you cannot breathe – as if you were having a heart attack? Maybe you experience other uncomfortable body sensations like heart palpitations, chest pain, dizziness and a frightening sense of impending doom. Do you live in constant fear of having another panic attack because you rarely know when one will occur? Perhaps you have a specific phobia that restricts you from spending time with your loved ones. Do you organize your life around your phobia – to the extent that your fear controls the majority of your decisions? Are you frequently “on edge” or irritable? Do you wish you could regain control of your life and feel calm and resilient in the future?
Living with specific anxiety disorders such as panic attacks or phobias can cause you to struggle in many ways throughout your day. It may be difficult for you to work a regular job because you worry that you may either suffer a panic attack or come face to face with your phobia. Your fear of having a panic attack or phobic situations may cause you to avoid social interactions. As a result, your relationships with your family members or friends may be deteriorating. If you suffer from a phobia, your fears may have generalized to the point where you feel like you cannot leave home. At the end of the day, you may feel exhausted from always being on guard against anticipated danger.
You Are Not Alone In Your Struggle With Panic Attacks And/Or Phobias
Millions of people in the United States suffer with debilitating anxiety disorders. Fear is the strongest emotional circuit. Fear can hold us back from feeling connected, achieving goals or taking a risk in love. If fear lingers for a long time in a person’s mind, it can quickly turn into very uncomfortable conditions including chronic anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, worry and obsessive thoughts.
Anxiety disorders affect more people than any other mental health disorder. They affect more women than men, sometimes because women experience more hormone fluctuations that can trigger anxiety. Many people report their symptoms to their physicians. Believing they can find an immediate fix for their condition, it’s common for individuals to insist on taking medication. However, resolving an anxiety disorder with medication (particularly benzodiazepines) can easily become an unhealthy habit or, in some cases, an addiction.
Free Yourself From Harmful Fear With Anxiety Disorder Treatment
During comfortable and nonjudgmental anxiety disorder treatment sessions, you and your experienced Personal Growth Counseling therapist will create an individualized therapy plan based on assessments of your family history, medical history and the triggers to your fears or panic attacks. In addition, we will work with your primary care doctor to rule out any potential heart or health problems you may be facing.
The therapists at Personal Growth Counseling can teach you a variety of tools to help you feel calm and regulate your emotional mind. One approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), allows you and your therapist to identify, challenge and replace thoughts that are both inaccurate and not useful for you, such as irrational fears. As a result, you can learn to focus on your strengths instead of weaknesses and increase your self-esteem – an important part of the therapeutic process.
Depending on your personal needs and interests, your therapist can also teach you calming techniques through mindfulness as well as relaxation and deep breathing exercises with the use of essential oils. These techniques may even replace unhealthy coping mechanisms or addictions that you use to mask your phobias or symptoms of anxiety.
Another useful strategy you and your therapist may work with during anxiety disorder treatment is exposure therapy. Whether you suffer from panic attacks or phobias, exposure therapy allows you to face your fears or practice engaging in anxious situations in order to help you feel more in control of your emotions and resilient outside of sessions. During exposure therapy, you will have the chance to go at your own pace to ensure your personal comfort and safety.
Since 1994, the therapists at Personal Growth Counseling have helped countless adults overcome the harmful effects of panic attacks and phobias. No matter how you struggle with an anxiety disorder, there is help and hope for healing and resilience. Through anxiety disorder treatment, you can feel calmer, regain control over your mind and start living a fulfilling life.
I am interested in anxiety disorder treatment, but I still have a few questions and concerns…
Why do I need anxiety disorder treatment if I already take medication for my anxiety disorder?
While taking medication may work for you, it is often only a temporary fix. Many medications are also addictive – to the point where you may need more as time goes on. The medical providers at Personal Growth Counseling are careful to avoid overmedicating patients suffering with anxiety. Instead, during anxiety disorder treatment, you can learn lifelong coping skills to more effectively manage the difficult circumstances in your life. Our philosophy is to deal with what you feel rather than numb the brain to the point that you do not feel your pain.
I don’t think that simply talking with a therapist will solve my issues.
While our therapists will often use talk therapy during anxiety disorder treatment to help you reframe your thought process and dig deeper into your history to address underlying triggers to your anxiety, you will also have the chance to explore many other techniques that go beyond traditional therapy approaches. EMDR, clinical hypnosis, essential oils and exposure therapy