The term “anxiety disorder” includes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder and panic attacks, social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia and separation anxiety.
By itself, anxiety is useful because it helps us avoid danger and alerts us when we need to take action. However, when you experience anxiety that is persistent, uncontrollable and pervasive, it can be disabling.
When your anxiety interferes with daily living, you probably have an anxiety disorder. If so, you are not alone–approximately 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders.
I have successfully treated people with all types of anxiety disorders using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and education.
Agoraphobia is an abnormal fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas.you avoid places or situations that might cause you panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.
Often called social phobia, social anxiety is a feeling of EXTREME discomfort, fear or worry that is centered on our interactions with other people and involves a concern with being judged negatively, or looked down upon by others. While it can often happen during the social exchange itself, it may also pop up in anticipation of a social occasion, or afterward when we review our performance in a given situation. It can cause anxious and uncomfortable feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Often people with anxiety disorders avoid situations, expressing feelings, or going places for fun or work.
There is help!
I have worked with many people suffering from social anxiety.
Together we will systematically make a plan to help you get rid of each symptom and dramatically reduce the symptoms in order to start enjoying your life. I’ve witnessed lots of recovery from social anxiety!
Symptoms of Social Anxiety
- Racing heart
- Shaking or tremor
- Dry mouth
- Shortness of breath
- Feeling faint
Examples of Anxious Thoughts
- “Everyone is staring at me”
- “They’ll think I’m a loser”
- “I don’t belong here”
- “People will see how nervous I am”
- “I look foolish”
Following are some examples of anxious behaviors associated with social anxiety and what can trigger them:
- Being interviewed for a job
- Attending a party
- Keeping a conversation
- Avoiding social situations
- Leaving situations
- Only entering safe places or with “safe” people
- Avoid mobile phones or other devices
- Apologizing excessively
- Preparing excessively (memorizing what to say)
- Watching for signs that people are judging me
- Holding eye contact
- Fear of going on a date, starting conversation with a stranger
- Public speaking
- Public singing
- Eating in front of others
- Eating at a restaurant alone
- Spilling a drink
- Reading in front of others
- Voicing an opinion during a class or meeting
Trichotillomania is compulsive pulling of hair on any part of the body. It is a very strong urge that is difficult to stop without CBT. It is often thought of as a bad habit, or a way to cope with anxiety. Nail biting and skin picking are also compulsive urges that are overwhelming and difficult to stop without help. They cause, shame, embarrassment and judgment from loved ones. I use education combined with CBT when treating Trichotillomania.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event, either experiencing it or witnessing it. Examples include being in a war, child and adult abuse, car accident, fire, earthquake, suddenly losing a job, loss of financial security and homelessness. Symptoms include some or all of the following: flashbacks, nightmares, extreme anxiety and uncontrollable thought about the event. It is very common among military as well as individuals in the civilian world.
For a conversation about treating anxiety disorders, contact June Taylor