Fact: Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).
Fact: Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment.
Fact: Depression and Anxiety are great friends. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
You may be experiencing Generalized Anxiety, frequent and persistent worry about big and little day-to-day issues that may result in great emotional discomfort and unpleasant physical symptoms…Or maybe your anxiety most commonly haunts you in social situations in which you feel there is a huge spotlight on you highlighting all your flaws and beckoning others to judge you…Or maybe you have experienced Panic Attacks in which the sudden rush of intense physical symptoms and sense of impending doom makes you feel as if you are literally going to die. An experience which can seem unpredictable to time or place and you constantly fear it happening again. It may feel as if your mind and/or body are betraying you.
There are many approaches to alleviating anxiety symptoms, all of which may be options we incorporate, such as breathing techniques, relaxation techniques, natural supplements, etc. Although all of these approaches have value, I believe that the foundation of anxiety treatment is your relationship with your anxiety: your basic beliefs and judgments about your anxiety. If we want to make changes to a feeling or behavior, we have to make changes to the thoughts and beliefs that are the driving forces of them. My primary treatment approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).