Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental health disorders in the United States and in the world.
Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults and 13 million adolescents in the US and 264 million people worldwide every year.
Anxiety is a normal response to many life events. We may feel anxiety before taking a big exam or anxiety before a first date. It’s common to feel anxiety when faced with problems at our work or to generally feel anxiety when making important decisions. However, sometimes anxiety symptoms can be excessive or last for months at a time. Anxiety can often manifest as a result of other difficulties. For example, poor performance in school due to sustained attention difficulties can result in stress and anxiety or someone dealing with depression can feel anxiety about returning to social events.
Do you excessively worry about everyday tasks? Do you have difficulty controlling these thoughts of anxiety and worry? Do you have difficulty concentrating? Do you have trouble falling asleep because of your anxiety? Is it hard for you to feel relaxed and calm? Do you have any physical anxiety related symptoms: heart palpitations, shortness of breath, muscle tension, stomach pain or digestion issues, fatigue or sweating? Do you avoid social situations or workplace events that you fear might cause you anxiety?
Find out more about your options for anxiety.
Having an accurate, meaningful diagnosis can be reassuring and give a better understanding on how to move forward with treatment. Forty percent of youth diagnosed with anxiety disorders have a concurrent psychiatric disorder, and commonly, another anxiety disorder. It is estimated that 60% of those with anxiety also experience depression symptoms and there is a similar estimate for those with depression experiencing anxiety symptoms. Starting with a comprehensive assessment will guarantee the best approach to gather all necessary information and recommend accurate and effective treatments.
18% of the US population experiences anxiety in a given year, a third of that population seek treatment, but only 10 percent receive the correct treatment. Anxiety manifests differently in each person with a range of symptoms and degree of severity of those symptoms. We will work with you to help decide on the best treatment that will be optimal for you. We have many options for both traditional and innovative treatments for anxiety that can be utilized individually or, more effectively, combined. We offer psychotherapy and other forms of therapy including cognitive behavioral therapy, which can allow clients to visualize, control, and understand the cause of their anxiety.
Medications for anxiety can help ease symptoms, but these effects are often temporary and can cause unwanted side effects. Neurofeedback and Biofeedback are designed to increase your coping skills for your current and future situations. Neurofeedback is an all-natural approach that makes lasting changes at the source of your anxiety: your brain’s imbalanced brainwaves. We can use neurofeedback to train your brain back to a balanced environment depending on your personal brain map. For some clients, traditional methods have not been as effective as they should, but neurofeedback can help ease symptoms so that those methods are more effective.
Biofeedback is a great tool we can use to teach self-regulation of your body’s autonomic responses (fight-or-flight response) to improve symptoms of anxiety. Our sympathetic nervous systems prepares our body for emergency whether our conscious or unconscious mind recognizes a source of danger. Anxiety can cause increased heart rate, loss of appetite, sweating and other sympathetic nervous system responses, which send a signal to the pituitary that something is wrong or dangerous. Biofeedback can help you learn to control your body’s responses to stress, leaving you better equipped to cope with your anxiety and the problem in front of you.