Stress and Anxiety Disorders

Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives. It’s normal to feel anxious in a stressful situation, such as when we’re facing an important deadline or coping with a family crisis. These feelings are usually temporary and go away when circumstances improve. For millions of people, however, anxiety lingers or even worsens to the point where it interferes with their relationships, work, school and more.

Experiencing persistent or overwhelming anxiety, particularly in the absence of a temporary source of stress, may indicate an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are very common, with an estimated 40 million American adults suffering from them, but only about a third seek treatment. There’s good news, however — these disorders are highly treatable.

Factors that may play a role in anxiety disorders.

Research into anxiety disorders is ongoing and has pointed to a number of factors that may indicate an increased risk for some people. These include but are not limited to factors related to genetics, physical health conditions, brain chemistry, some medications, and life events. More than one risk factor may be present, such as a family history of anxiety disorders, childhood shyness, being widowed or divorced, or being female.

Types of therapy for anxiety and stress disorders.

At The Center for Treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders, we offer a full range of anxiety treatment and therapy options that can free our patients from the compulsions or fears that interfere with their lives. Our therapies include:

Cognitive behavior therapy: Gain a better understanding of your disorder and learn ways to cope.

Mindfulness training: Learn to refocus your attention away from thoughts about your symptoms.

Medications: Medication for anxiety is often used in combination with other forms of therapy.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy: Gain new insights into your feelings, behavior and thoughts.

Group therapy: Designed to target a specific problem or focus on dealing with a range of issues.

Intensive weekend programming: Individual or group therapy for intensive, short-term diagnosis and treatment or for those unable to attend weekday appointments.

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