Anxiety occurs when you anticipate a future threat. Normal anxiety often arises when you have to complete a new task or face a challenging circumstance, like your first day on the job. It becomes a disorder when it persists, the apprehension intensifies, and becomes overwhelming. People with anxiety disorders often can’t control their intense feelings, so they try to reduce them by avoiding situations that trigger the anxiety. When anxiety interferes with relationships and activities, it becomes a disorder that needs professional attention.
Anxiety disorders don’t just cause emotional symptoms; they also produce physical symptoms and often interfere with sleep:
There are several types of anxiety disorders. As a group, they represent some of the most common mental health disorders, affecting about 18% of adults and 8% of children and teenagers. The 4 types diagnosed most often include:
The dedicated team at RobinsPsych develops a treatment plan for each individual, depending on their anxiety disorder, emotional, and behavioral experience. A combination of treatments often works best. The medical professionals at RobinsPsych are experts in 2 of the most successful therapies for anxiety: cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. They may also use exposure therapy, relaxation training, stress reduction, and meditation.
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