Most of us have experienced anxiety at some point during our lives. However, if you or someone you love has been experiencing feelings of hopelessness and fear, bouts of panic attacks and extreme stress, you (or your loved one) may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Panic attacks
- Social anxiety
- Health anxiety
- Compulsive hoarding
- Specific phobias
Anxiety is not a character flaw, nor can it be willed away. When left untreated, your symptoms of anxiety can last for weeks, months or years. However, with appropriate anxiety treatment, most people with depression and certain other mood disorders can achieve a full and lasting recovery.
Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety
While anxiety can be useful as a short-term motivator and early warning system, if anxiety becomes a constant or overwhelming presence in your daily life, you may be struggling with an anxiety disorder. As a facet of the body’s fight-or-flight response, feelings of anxiety in the body can be extremely uncomfortable. Similarly, anxiety can affect mood, functioning, relationships, and enjoyment of life. If you find yourself feeling continually irritable, anxious, restless or jumpy; if you have trouble concentrating; if you struggle with feelings of free-floating apprehension, irrational fears, or dread, then your anxiety is interfering with your ability to engage successfully in your daily life. Anxiety can look different for each individual, but the need for professional help is common to all. Without anxiety treatment, symptoms usually will not lessen, and can grow more severe over time. The good news is, treatment for anxiety has proven to be effective in the large majority of cases.
Treating Anxiety at Southlake Counseling
Before deciding on an appropriate course of treatment for a mood disorder like anxiety, the expert staff at Southlake Counseling wants to learn more about your unique symptoms and recovery goals. Our first step will be to complete a comprehensive assessment of your current symptoms and situation. This assessment will provide an in-depth analysis of your daily life, thought processes, and behaviors. From here the Southlake Counseling staff will design a personalized anxiety treatment plan to help you achieve your goals for full recovery and say yes to life!
For more information and a general overview of our mood disorders treatment program, procedures, and group support, visit our Mood Disorders Program Overview page.