It’s easy to brush anxiety off as a simple act of worrying too much. For every person who suffers from anxiety, there seems to be someone waiting in the wings waiting to tell them their anxiety is not real. As we work to bring more awareness and reduce the stigma surrounding anxiety, it’s important to continue to offer support and treatment options for people who are affected by such conditions. At Grief Recovery Center, we provide a safe and encouraging place to identify the source(s) of your anxiety and create a plan for managing and overcoming anxiety for good.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is much more than just a problem with worrying. Anxiety is often not a stand-alone condition. It is often associated with other conditions, such as panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders, and phobias. Many people who suffer from anxiety also suffer from depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and even substance abuse problems. In many cases, substance abuse comes about as a way to dull anxiety, but only ends up making it worse.
The signs and symptoms of anxiety are varied and depending on the patient, can manifest in a number of ways. Some people don’t even realize they have anxiety until they have a full blown panic attack and then start to piece together the signs and symptoms they have been experiencing. These signs and symptoms often include:
- A tightness in your chest
- Difficulty breathing
- Pain in your stomach, back, neck, or chest
- Feelings of worry and overwhelming sense of impending doom
- Overeating, undereating
- Oversleeping or insomnia
- Fearing the worst can happen
- Loss of someone close to you, change in job, loss of job
- Negative thoughts
- Feelings of loss or abandonment
- Lack of interest in your life
These signs and symptoms might sound a lot like depression, don’t they? It can be difficult to diagnose anxiety disorders in people who suffer from other conditions, such as depression. Once we’re able to pinpoint the root cause(s) of your anxiety, you can start to feel some relief right away. After all, knowing is half the battle. Then we can put a plan in place to help you on the road to recovery.
What Causes Anxiety?
Before you suffered from anxiety yourself, you might have been inclined to think that the anxiety was “all in your head.” Anxiety is an actual condition that requires real treatment. It’s a condition that causes excessive worry and while it is easily brushed off, it is not something to be taken lightly. Anxiety can be caused by any number of things, including both internal and external factors. Some of the common causes of anxiety include:
- Stress and confusion related to a job
- Issues in an intimate relationship
- Situations arising amongst family members
- Fighting or physical abuse
- Drug and alcohol abuse or use (self or loved one)
- Anxiety can be brought on by other conditions such a depression, PTSD, and a chronic medical diagnosis, such as cancer
- Side effects of a medication prescribed by a medical professional
- Accident or injury; limitation of movement or body
- Money, security, future thinking in general
- And much more.
What Happens When Anxiety is Left Untreated?
At first, people who suffer from anxiety might only be impacted by anxiety in specific situations or during certain events; such as when you are boarding an airplane. However, if left untreated, generalized anxieties, such as worrying what happens if the airplane goes down, can permeate into other areas of your life. You might start to worry about driving down the road in your car – you can’t control the other drivers, after all. You might start to worry about getting on any form of public transportation. You might worry that the cruise ship you are set to board might sink. Anxiety can take many forms and impact people in many ways, but one thing is for sure: it can get worse as time goes on.
You don’t usually hear of people who recover from anxiety issues on their own. What you do hear about, however, is people retreating to their homes and isolating themselves from the life they should be living because they are too afraid to make decisions, face the world, and find out that it’s almost never as bad as we thought things were going to be. But, we know that you can’t simply tell that to someone.
At Grief Recovery Center, we help our patients come to the realization that one bad thing does not always lead to another. We help them gain control over their thoughts so they can enjoy life to the fullest.
Anxiety can cripple a person’s ability to get on with their life. They might even start to impart their anxiety on to other members of their family, particularly smaller children who are susceptible to what their parents pass on to them early in life. If mom is always worrying about money then children might grow up always worrying about money. It’s important to identify the source(s) of your anxiety so you can gain control and not impact others around you.
What are the Anxiety Treatment Options?
At Grief Recovery Center, we take a holistic approach to treating every patient that walks through our doors. We know that each person has their own life experiences, thoughts, feelings, and impressions about treatment that we need to consider and incorporate into our anxiety treatment plans. Working closely with our patients, we provide a well-rounded plan that ensures they feel supported and understood. Gently drawing out the issues that may be lying dormant in their minds, our licensed therapists will work to ensure that you feel safe as you work through issues related to anxiety and your life.
Our anxiety treatment plan includes cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which provides a very specific type of counseling to our patients. This type of counseling targets the individual’s thoughts and behaviors related to those thoughts, to gain control over them and their lives. With practice and support, patients can overcome issues and start on the road to recovery. When fear and worry hold you back from living your best life, we can help.
Cognitive behavior therapy is proven to be effective in helping patients overcome phobias, anxieties, panic disorders, and more. For some, relief is immediate, while for others it can take time to trust the process and overcome the underlying issues that are preventing them from letting go of their anxiety.
Whether you are anxious when you have to board a plane, you are constantly worried that you are going to lose your job, or you worry that you’ll develop cancer and die, our team of professional and certified therapists can help you face your fears, identify the source(s) of anxiety, and overcome them.
We teach you how to relax. It sounds easy, but you already know it’s not. When your brain is filled with negative thoughts and worrisome ideas, it can seem impossible to quiet your thoughts and get on with your life. We’ll teach you how to focus, meditate on your thoughts, reduce stress in your life, and monitor your diet and exercise routines – which can greatly impact your anxiety conditions in a positive way! We can even teach you to block out the things causing you anxiety with systematic desensitization. Our experience has been that tackling the problem head on, while supporting other areas of a patient’s life, such as stress, diet, and exercise, provides a well-balanced approach to therapy and achieves the best results.
Work With Our Licensed Therapists to Overcome Anxiety
Whether you have recently developed feelings of anxiety or you have been carrying that burden for some time, our highly trained and professional therapists are here to help. We’ll pair you with a licensed therapist who has years of experience identifying, managing, and working with patients who suffer from anxiety, as well as other conditions.
If your anxiety is related to substance abuse, depression, or another condition, our therapists can help manage that as well. At our modern and comfortable offices in Houston, Texas, our licensed therapists will make you feel welcome and safe as you explore the anxiety that plagues you. You are never alone when you come to Grief Recovery Center. We’ll give you the tools and strategies you need to find peace in your mind and stop worrying about what life may bring. Even if you experience anxiety about a situation that happened a long time ago, we can help you move through those feelings and put your anxiety to bed.
Contact Grief Recovery Center Today
If you or a loved one is suffering from anxiety, consider reaching out to Grief Recovery Center today. Our team of licensed professionals are here to help. Anxiety can make you feel like you are all alone and isolate you from your life and those that love you. We can help you reclaim your life and get control of your anxiety. Contact us today to book an appointment.