Counseling and therapy for anxiety is a primary focus at GroundWork Counseling in Orlando. Stress, worry and anxiety are a part of nearly everyone’s life and may be a way of anticipating possibly dangerous situations. However, when symptoms become severe or chronic enough to affect day-to-day living, an anxiety disorder may be diagnosed. Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent disorders within the general population and individuals with anxiety comprise a significant portion of the clients treated by the counselors and therapists at GroundWork Counseling. There are various types of anxiety disorders. These include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is described as excessive worry about everyday things such as work, family or school. This worry takes place more days than not for at least 6 months. The anxiety is often difficult to control and often includes physical symptoms including restlessness, fatigue, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating and difficulty sleeping.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by persistent impulses, thoughts or ideas (obsessions) that interfere with an individual’s daily functioning. Compulsive behaviors are then performed in response to the obsession in order to prevent, reduce or relieve anxiety and worry.
- Panic Disorder
Panic attacks consist of periods of extreme terror or intense fear that something terrible will happen. Often, these attacks come on out of the blue and for no obvious reason. Panic attacks can result in extreme physical reactions that can include heart palpitations, nausea, fear of dying, shortness of breath, and fear of going crazy.
Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder in which individuals who have experienced a panic attack or panic disorder begin to avoid places or situations where they may have experienced a panic attack before because they are afraid of it happening again. These individuals may begin to avoid places where escape may be difficult to escape or get help in the event of a panic attack. The individual may develop a fear of leaving the house, being in a crowded place, going to stores, or being alone.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder occurs in individuals who have suffered or witnessed a traumatic event including a serious accident, personal assault or attack, natural disaster or have been through a war. Persons who suffer from PTSD often feel and re-experience the event over and over through flashbacks and nightmares and avoid places and activities that remind them of the event. Individuals can suffer from PTSD symptoms years after the original trauma took place.
- Social Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by an intense fear in social or performance situations. The person has an extreme fear of being negatively judged, humiliated or evaluated by others within a social situation. Typically, the individual avoids the situations in which he may be judged or evaluated, such as speaking in public. Physical symptoms can become intense and include blushing, sweating, nausea, and heart palpitations.
- Specific Phobia
A Specific Phobia is a persistent fear provoked the presence or the anticipation of a specific object or situation. Much like Social Anxiety Disorder, the feelings of anxiety are so intense that the feared situation or object is often avoided at all cost. Common phobias include flying, elevators, heights and elevators as well as specific animals and insects.
Orlando Anxiety counseling at GroundWork can help if you feel that your symptoms of anxiety are causing a significant problem in your life. Therapists and counselors at GroundWork Counseling can help you accept and understand your anxiety triggers and will work with you to manage and improve your symptoms of anxiety using the principals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT has been empirically researched and consists of a proven system of strategies that help to change the negative thought patterns that trigger anxiety. Orlando Anxiety counseling at GroundWork Counseling can help you to live a life that is filled with less stress, worry and anxiety.
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