Anxiety: Are you a chronic worrier? Do you dread being seen in public? Are you constantly checking to make sure everything is okay? Or, do you simply have a general uneasiness and a sense that something is wrong? These are basic symptoms of anxiety that suggest you need to talk to someone about whether there are other signs of an anxiety disorder. Our therapists can help you sort this out, and if you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, we can help you get the treatment that will work for you.
There are many different kinds of anxiety disorders. Here are some simplified definitions of the most common types:
- Social anxiety disorder – an extreme fear of being judged by others that interferes with your ability to start and keep close relationships.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – experiencing repeated thoughts that are unwanted or behaviors that must be completed to avoid some imagined harm, and these thoughts and behaviors can take up so much of your energy and time that they interfere with everyday life.
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – almost continuous worries that occupy your thoughts, even when there is no cause for concern.
- Panic Disorder – the experience of a sudden attack of fear that often feels like you are about to die, and for many people resembles symptoms of a heart attack.
- Specific Phobias – Strong, intense fear of a specific object or event even when there is no real threat or danger connected to the object or event.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – or PTSD, is the re-experiencing of a traumatic event from another time in your life, often in the form of flashbacks, memories that you cannot get out of your mind, or nightmares that keep repeating night after night.
These and other anxiety disorders can be treated successfully. Our therapists are trained to assess your symptoms and help you identify the type of treatment that likely will be most helpful for what you are experiencing.
To learn more about the therapists at Counseling Psychologists of Woodbury who can help you with an anxiety disorder, visit any of these therapists:
- Vanessa Schulte, M.S.W, LGSW
- Mark Bishop, MA, LMFT
- John Sabino, MSW, LICSW
- Connie Meyer, MA, LP, LICSW
- Bonnie Slaughter, MEd, LPCC
- Robin McLeod, PhD, LP