Stress, Worry, Anxiety, & Panic Attacks
Symptoms of Stress, Worry, Anxiety, and Panic Attacks
The word "stress" refers to two different things:
There are three ways we can help you reduce your stress:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy includes many specific techniques for treating each of the anxiety disorders. We'll figure out which specific techniques will work best for you. We'll help you think differently and behave differently when your symptoms occur. We'll help you feel better with relaxation, mindfulness, or meditation techniques.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a panic attack feel like?
You may want to get out of wherever you are, or go home, or call someone for help. You may go to an emergency room where they perform tests and find nothing medically wrong.
Panic attacks can occur in specific situations or come on suddenly and unpredictably. Between attacks, you probably worry that you will have another panic attack, and you may avoid places where you may have a panic attack.
How are other anxiety disorders different from panic?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – the worry and anxiety are present most of the time. They become worse when you are under pressure and better when the pressure is off.
Social Anxiety Disorder is anxiety that occurs in social situations or during public speaking. People with social anxiety usually fear saying something foolish or looking foolish to others.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs after experiencing or witnessing something life threatening. PTSD sufferers become very anxious or avoid reminders of the traumatic situation. If you have PTSD, you may have nightmares or sudden, intrusive images of the traumatic event. Sometimes people with PTSD cut themselves or develop eating disorders.
Phobias are anxiety symptoms that occur only in specific situations, like when flying or driving over bridges. People with phobias avoid situations that provoke their anxiety symptoms.
How will Cognitive Behavior Therapy help me with my anxiety disorder?
Is medication helpful for anxiety disorders?
If you're currently taking medication for an anxiety disorder, we would not recommend stopping abruptly. If you want to get off medication, we'll work with you and your physician to help you gradually reduce and eventually stop your medication.
Can I ever be free of these symptoms?
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