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Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety Treatment NYC

 

 

Are You Suffering From Anxiety? 

Do you constantly feel anxious for no reason that you can understand or identify? Do you have panic attacks? Do you have problems sleeping from worrying excessively? Do you have persistent physical symptoms that are not responding to treatment? Do you wish you could understand what is causing your anxiety and develop the insight needed to manage it and feel better? 

Living with anxiety and experiencing panic attacks can be draining, frustrating and limits the way you live your life. Anxiety and panic are signals that something from your past is unresolved. I have helped hundreds of people successfully work through their anxiety and panic attacks by gaining insights, discovering the source of their anxiety and changing thinking patterns so they can feel more in control of their lives.

 

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Anxiety is Common

Anxiety is common and everyone experiences anxiety. However, when anxiety disrupts your normal day to day functioning and interferes with your lifestyle it may be considered a “disorder.”

According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. And, women are 60 percent more likely to be affected compared to men. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Anxiety disorders develop from a complex set of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events.”

 

How do you know if you need treatment for Anxiety

If you feel that your anxiety symptoms are interfering with your life such as, suffering from panic attacks, unable to sleep at night and you find yourself worrying excessively, it would benefit you to seek counseling.

The first step is to rule out the possibility that your symptoms are being caused by a medical condition that is not psychiatric. “Among the conditions that produce symptoms similar to those of anxiety are hyperthyroidism or other endocrine problems, too much or too little calcium, low blood sugar, and certain heart problems. Certain medicines also can sometimes cause anxiety. A thorough evaluation by your primary care provider will determine if any of these conditions are the cause of your symptoms.”

If no other medical issue can be found and the symptoms seem out of proportion to any situation you are facing, you may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

If you are feeling constant worry and the cause of the anxiety isn’t apparent leaving you feeling confused and even more unsettled, counseling can help clarify the source(s) of your anxiety. If can also offer you effective methods for alleviating your pain.

 

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Do I have to take medication?

This depends on you and how difficult it is for you to manage your symptoms. I have treated clients over the years who didn’t want to take medication and only wanted to come to counseling. These clients were committed and worked hard in therapy, and their symptoms improved.

There are also many people who want to take medication, and start to feel better within a couple of weeks. Some types of anxiety drugs are usually prescribed on a short-term or as-needed basis. People who combine medication with counseling experience positive results. 

 

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How I help my clients

Anxiety disorders are very treatable and many people can be helped with professional care. Treatment for anxiety should be designed to help a person manage and reduce the symptoms. Therapy has been known to be very effective. 

If you are taking medication as a form of treatment it is important to combine it with therapy. Anxiety symptoms often respond to a combination of talk therapy and medication.The goal of the therapeutic process is to help you identify triggers and examine the deeper emotions and reasons that are the source of your anxiety. 

meeting-1002800_1920I help you to identify and address the thoughts and situations that are contributing to your anxiety. In a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental environment, you can work through difficult emotions and learn ways to gain more control over your thoughts and your life. In your counseling sessions, you develop more self-awareness, and strategies to reduce anxiety and tension. Through the therapeutic process you can feel more positive and empowered as you work through emotions, shift your perception of yourself and your life situation. 

 

How long does it take before I start to feel better?

We are all different and unique even thought we may all experience a lot of the same symptoms. The difference varies from person to person depending on how long you have had anxiety, how severe it is, your mind set, and attitude.

If you decide to seek treatment with medication that is right for you, you can start to feel better in a couple of weeks. If you only want to seek counseling, the change is subtle and may take more time.  Depending on the severity of your symptoms, the combination of medication and counseling can be effective and help you feel more at ease and in control of your anxiety.

Counseling is necessary as you focus on identifying and addressing the core causes of your anxiety. Dealing with these underlying factors can take time but is extremely important in addressing anxiety and its many symptoms.

If you’re struggling with anxiety, I invite you to call 917-273-8836 for a complementary consultation to learn more about anxiety treatment and how I can help you.

 

Rachel is a true expert with an amazing energy and knowledge base. Her dedication and passion alone will move you forward!” M.F.

 

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To proceed very far through the desert, you must be willing to meet existential suffering and work it through. In order to do this, the attitude toward pain has to change. This happens when we accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth.”

– M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled

 

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