Anxiety Counseling & Therapy Services in Omaha
In today’s modern world, we are faced with an enormous amount of choices, decisions, roles and responsibilities. Trying to juggle all of our competing demands can leave us feeling overwhelmed with stress and anxiety.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Most people experience anxiety in different forms at some time or another. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect nearly 264 million people worldwide. Broadly speaking, anxiety is characterized by fear and worry. However, if symptoms become overwhelming and disrupt everyday life, an anxiety disorder may exist.
Anxiety causes a variety of disruptive physical and mental symptoms including:
- Restlessness, irritability or feeling on edge
- Racing thoughts, ruminating or obsessing
- Being easily fatigued
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- Sleep disturbance, difficulty falling asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep
- Physiological symptoms as in panic attacks (e.g. heart palpitations, chest pain)
- Sweating or trembling
- Having difficulty controlling worry
- Feeling weak or tired
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
Present Fears Are Less Than Horrible Imaginings
Types of Anxiety
Several variations of anxiety exist, causing differing symptoms, thoughts, and behaviors. The following are a list of the some of the most common types of anxiety we see:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
You have intense and persistent concerns about the future, making you feel out of control and unable to engage in positive and meaningful activities. You feel restless, irritable, and can’t concentrate. You often feel fatigued and irritable and engage in catastrophic thinking.
Panic disorder is characterized by panic attacks — out-of-the-blue attacks of acute anxiety which are typically accompanied by the fear that one is dying or going crazy. Panic attacks can last from minutes to hours. You may also have physical symptoms such as palpitations, sweating, dizziness, and shortness of breath. As a result of repeated attacks, you may start to avoid situations that trigger your anxiety.
You feel extremely uncomfortable in social situations or when you have to meet new people. You may fear social humiliation or negative evaluations. You may avoid social activities and end up getting less out of life.
Phobias are an overwhelming, unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but causes intense anxiety and avoidance behaviors. For example, you might have a phobia of spiders, heights, or flying.
Career-Related Stress can occur when the demands of one’s job exceed one’s coping resources. Put simply, when work-life balance is consistently titled more toward work and less toward life, people can experience a range of difficulties. Those working in the healthcare professions, first-responders, and others with emotionally stressful occupations, are at particularly high risk for suffering from symptoms associated with career-related stress.
Adjustment-Related Anxiety Symptoms
Adjustment disorders are stress-related conditions where you feel overwhelmed and have a hard time adjusting to a stressful event or change.
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ANXIETY TREATMENT OPTIONS
The good news is that many types of anxiety respond well to treatment. At Counseling Connections & Associates, our entire team has experience and expertise in treating many forms of anxiety.
Our providers use evidence-based treatment approaches to help you find your direction and achieve your desired outcomes. We have found that the following types of treatment work well for many people to minimize stress and anxiety:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques
- Mental Performance Coaching
- Medication Management
- A combination of the above