Anxiety Issues

 

We all face times in our lives when we get anxious and stressed. We may experience anxiety before having to do a classroom presentation, attending a job interview, or going in for a surgery. For people with an anxiety disorder the fear and worry may be more intense and cause avoidance of normal activities and impair the quality of relationships. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.

Facts You Should Know About Anxiety

Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness because they involve excessive fear or anxiety, and typically cause reactions out of proportion to the circumstances. Anxiety disorders can interfere with job performance, school work, and relationships.

People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) often experience apprehension or a sense of impending doom, excessive worry and even panic. But there are also a myriad of physical symptoms they may experience such as, restlessness, sweating not brought on by heat, heart palpitations, chronic fatigue, nausea, and dizziness.

Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and will affect nearly 30% of adults at some point in their lives.

Anxiety disorders can be caused by a number of factors, including trauma, stress buildup or stress due to an illness, withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, or family history of mental health issues.

Anxiety disorders most often start when people are teenagers. Anyone can get one, but they are more common among women and girls. They are also more common in people who were neglected/abused as children, or who are neglected/abused as adults.

 

Anxiety disorders can range anywhere from mild to severe and this is why it can sometimes be hard for some individuals to determine whether or not they may have an anxiety disorder themselves, especially if they have been living with feelings of anxiety for a long time.

What Type of Symptoms Accompany Anxiety Disorders?

Excessive Worrying

 

We usually know how much we should be worrying about a situation based on how serious it is. A person will be less worried about changing a job assignment than losing a job. Those who have an anxiety disorder, however, will typically worry excessively about almost any given situation and may experience an excessive physiological arousal which can stop you in your tracks. If you are dealing with an anxiety disorder, you are most likely worried about most things extensively on a regular basis and will avoid situations that are considered normal activities of daily life.

 

Feeling Agitated and Irritated

 

Hormones that are released during a stress event can have a negative impact over time if they are constantly being released, often resulting in increased agitation and irritability towards others. Feeling overall agitated and showing signs of unjustifiable agitation could be another sign of an anxiety disorder.

 

Restlessness

 

Feeling restless or on edge for the majority of your day during most of the week is one of the major signs that you may have an anxiety disorder. This can be both physical restlessness such as fidgeting and feeling nervous and can also be a mental restlessness such as having your mind jump from one thing to another. In addition, this restlessness can also cause problems for those who are trying to fall asleep as they may have trouble falling or staying asleep due to their constant feelings of nervousness and fear.

 

Strong Irrational Fears That Impact the Individual’s Ability to Function Properly in Society

 

Fear caused by an anxiety disorder may be specific and affect one part of life more than others. For example, there are those with anxiety disorders who have an intense fear of being out in public spaces while there are others who may have trouble being left alone in the house. Having an irrational fear that leaves you unable to do certain things is a sign that there may be an underlying anxiety disorder that needs to be assessed and treated.

 

Tension and Fatigue

 

If you are feeling tired and tense constantly because of the nervousness and fear you are feeling, this may be a major sign that you are coping with your own anxiety disorder. Being in a constant state of worry can lead to chronic muscle tension and can wear you down physically.

 

Dealing With Certain Physical Symptoms on a Regular Basis

 

If you have ever been really worried about something in your life, you know how anxiety can feel. For those who have an anxiety disorder, these physical symptoms are often amplified and are experienced regularly rather than during stressful times. Some of the physical symptoms include an increased heart rate or heart palpitations, hyperventilation, excessive sweating, trembling or shaking, an inability to properly concentrate, stomach pains or other stomach issues, and panic attacks in some individuals. Panic attacks on occasion may not necessarily be indicative of an anxiety disorder but experiencing many of these physical symptoms or panic attacks regularly could be another good indication that you are dealing with an anxiety disorder.

 

Professional Therapy with a Client Focus

There are times in life when we can feel off balance and can’t seem to snap out of it. When our own natural support system just isn’t enough, it may be time to reach out to a professional counselor to start the process of therapy. We have created a safe, comfortable and professional environment to discuss the issues in your life. We recognize the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and strive to build a positive rapport. We treat each client with respect and dignity.

 

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The Five Major Types Of Anxiety Disorders Are:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, GAD, is an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.

 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

 

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Repetitive behaviors such as hand washing, counting, checking, or cleaning are often performed with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these so-called “rituals,” however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety.

 

Panic Disorder

 

Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress.

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat.

 

Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)

 

Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterized by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to only one type of situation – such as a fear of speaking in formal or informal situations, or eating or drinking in front of others – or, in its most severe form, may be so broad that a person experiences symptoms almost anytime they are around other people.

 

Researchers are finding that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the risk of developing an anxiety disorder. Although the risk factors for each type of anxiety disorder can vary, some general risk factors for all types of anxiety disorders include:

 

  • Temperamental traits of shyness or behavioral inhibition in childhood
  • Exposure to stressful and negative life or environmental events in early childhood or adulthood
  • A history of anxiety or other mental illnesses in biological relatives
  • Some physical health conditions, such as thyroid problems or heart arrhythmias, or caffeine or other substances/medications, can produce or aggravate anxiety symptoms.

 

Stress Vs Anxiety

 

It can be hard to distinguish between chronic stress and anxiety as they have similar symptoms and wear us down mentally and physically. If you are lacking the nervousness or fear that often comes from anxiety, you are most likely dealing with chronic stress and will need to receive treatment and help for that. If left unchecked, chronic stress can lead to disease, anxiety and other mental health problems.

 

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Why choose a therapist at Abalance Client-Centered Counseling?

Our office is dedicated to providing the best mental health services to ALL people in our community regardless of income.

We have a team of professionals that are continually sharpening their skills as mental health providers and attend regular training from the Clinical Director. Having a competent and knowledgeable therapist is only part of it.

We are also a group of caring and compassionate people that strive to make your time with us a safe, comfortable and rewarding experience.

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Yes, Abalance Client-Centered Counseling is accepting new clients in all three (3) of our Central Valley locations in Modesto, Merced, and Turlock California.

No. You can contact us directly and we will get your insurance eligibility established and schedule your first appointment. Your Health Plan may require an additional call to get a registration number after you have already established as a client in our office. We have a team here to help guide you through these things if you need assistance.

Yes, we currently accept HPSJ and CCAH MediCal Insurances only. For other insurances, we provide an out-of-network option for you to bill your insurance and get reimbursed for up to 80% of your therapy costs in our offices.

No, we treat mild/moderate symptoms for a variety of issues, but not alcohol and drug issues. If you have an addiction or are seeking sobriety, we refer out to a professional that treats substance abuse.

Weekly sessions are the best care option for mental health outcomes, but we also provide an every other week option, or Teletherapy if you have a hectic schedule.

We can see clients as young as 2 years old. A session is a once a week appointment lasting 50 minutes.

Yes. Our staff can get you in touch with the transportation coordinator from your Health Plan to arrange necessary transportation to-and-from the therapy office.

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Abalance Client-Centered Counseling is dedicated to providing effective mental health counseling to our community in the Central Valley.

 

We have over 15 years of clinical experience to provide the most effective treatment options. Our team of therapists have specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Play Therapy.

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We recognize the importance of a good therapeutic relationship and strive to build a positive rapport with each client. And we treat each client with respect and dignity.

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You will learn skills of mindfulness and how to balance thoughts and feelings; and begin to build insight into your issues and have a plan to reinforce your goals.

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