Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It is a natural human emotion that everyone experiences from time to time. For example, you might feel anxious before a job interview, a big presentation, or an important exam. However, if anxiety is excessive or persistent, it can become a problem.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:
- Excessive worry or nervousness
- Restlessness or feeling on edge
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension or aches
- Difficulty sleeping
- Panic attacks
Anxiety disorders can significantly interfere with a person’s daily life, making it difficult to work, go to school, or maintain relationships. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of anxiety, it is important to seek professional help. There are a number of effective treatments available, including therapy and medication.
Anxiety can interfere with staying in touch with family and friends, meeting new people, and everyday tasks like going to the store. It prevents us from living to our fullest potential. Thankfully, anxiety can be treated. We offer research-backed psychotherapy (i.e. talk therapy) that is demonstrated to decrease social anxiety, worry, and panic for most people most of the time. Interventions offered include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP), and Problem Solving Therapy (PST). These therapies help you overcome anxiety so that you can get back in touch with loved ones, confidently meet new people, go to the places you want to go without fear, and start enjoying life again. There is hope to overcome anxiety. With the right treatments, and a bit of hard work, you can reach your fullest potential from the comfort of your own home!