Is your anxiety causing a real problem in your life? Especially now, with coronavirus fear and stress? Is it robbing you of the chance to enjoy things?
A “yes” answer to these questions is not surprising, because anxiety can be quite severe and disabling. And others in your life who do not suffer from anxiety may not be able to understand, making you feel further anxious and isolated.
The good news is that anxiety can be treated—you really can get better. In fact, certain forms of therapy for anxiety are some of the most well-documented, scientifically proven forms of therapy there are. We practice these forms of therapy, known as cognitive therapy (which addresses negative thought patterns) and behavioral therapy (which addresses behaviors that can worsen anxiety).
If you’re suffering from any of the following symptoms, please know that you can get relief:
- Excessive worry about real-life issues (this may be generalized anxiety disorder)
- Obsessive fears about certain things, such as dirt/germs, your safety or the safety of others, your health or someone else’s, along with repetitive behaviors (rituals/compulsions) to reduce anxiety such as excessive cleaning or handwashing, checking, repeating, reassurance seeking, or mental rituals (such as reciting a prayer). These symptoms may be a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
- Unexplained episodes of panic-like symptoms, such as a rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, feeling faint or nauseous, or a terrifying fear of dying or losing control of oneself. This may be panic disorder, which can also be effectively treated.
- Fears about being embarrassed or judged by others. This is social anxiety.
We are specialists in treating OCD!
Are you bothered by thoughts that just drop into your head, that you can’t escape unless you do something or think something over and over to try to get your anxiety down? If so, you may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Common forms of OCD are
- contamination fears
- repeated checking or counting
- fears of harming others
- health-related obsessions
- fear of behaving inappropriately or in an embarrassing way
The good news is that OCD is actually highly treatable with the correct form of therapy. We use one of the most scientifically supported forms of therapy in the field of mental health for this condition, exposure and response prevention (ERP), which is a highly specific form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).