Approximately 19 million Americans are dealing with some type of anxiety disorder causing them serious medical and mental health illness. Anxiety disorders can overwhelm a person’s life with feelings of fear, helplessness and hopelessness. Experiencing occasional levels of anxiety is natural, for example if brought on by stressful events such as a job interview or first day of work. However dealing with chronic anxiety is much more serious and usually worsens if unaddressed. At McDowell Mountain Counseling, in Scottsdale, AZ Grace Weyrauch offers those experiencing anxiety a variety of tools that are both cognitive and behavioral in nature, as well as in-depth analysis and exploration of the underlying causes for the anxious state and patterns of anxiety.
The primary types of anxiety disorders are the following:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Specific Phobias
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Separation Anxiety
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Panic Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
Dealing with chronic anxiety of any form has a great impact on one’s life, effecting relationships, day-to-day experiences and overall feelings about life. Prescription medications are often taken to minimize the anxiety symptoms and regain a sense of control over an acute anxious state. However, anxiety disorders are more effectively treated with psychotherapy (along with medication if needed) to target the underlying sources of the anxiety and create cognitive and emotional shifts to alleviate or combat the anxious state.
If you are experiencing a pattern of heightened stress, fear or worry that is impacting your life in a significant way, please feel free to contact Grace Weyrauch to learn more about treatment for anxiety and how counseling may be of assistance to you.