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Here’s an important truth about anxiety: Everyone has it. Simply put, anxiety is the mind’s ability to imagine, plan, and anticipate as means of keeping you safe from harm. Often spurred by fear, anxiety uses the imagination to envision all the scary ways events may unfold so that you can be prepared no matter what. Anxiety can often feel like worrying and being on edge.
Sometimes, anxiety can actually be helpful. Fear of failing an exam may lead you to ruminate about the consequences that may follow, ultimately motivating you to study harder.
But how can you tell if your brand of anxiety isn’t so helpful and may even be harming your mental health?
You might notice that your anxiety is getting in the way of forming and sustaining healthy relationships.
Or maybe your anxiety is making it hard to succeed at work or school.
Maybe you even notice a frequent relationship between your anxiety and physical health, experiencing pain, gastrointestinal distress, or difficulty sleeping when your anxiety is high.
If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. 30% of the population struggles with challenging anxiety at some point in their lives. At The Center for Growth, our expert therapists specialize in all forms of anxiety, providing focused treatment that is specially matched to the type of anxiety and age of the client. We offer child anxiety therapy, teen anxiety therapy, and adult anxiety therapy.
Anxiety therapists at The Center for Growth use a wide variety of techniques to provide therapy for anxiety disorders. Our anxiety experts use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help clients identify how their thoughts and behaviors interact to create anxiety. This type of anxiety therapy teaches clients to recognize how negative thought patterns influence their feelings and behaviors. Our anxiety therapists teach clients to challenge negative thought patterns and change behaviors that make the anxiety worse. Related to CBT, exposure therapy gradually exposes people to the fears or situations that make them anxious, slowly reducing the anxiety over time.
While CBT therapy for anxiety focuses on the here and now of behavior change, psychodynamic therapy for anxiety helps clients to uncover why dysfunctional psychological patterns are there in the first place. With this increased insight into the origin of one’s anxiety, clients become less controlled by the unconscious forces worsening anxiety to gain more emotional freedom.
Our anxiety therapists offer the following types of anxiety treatment:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety
Mindfulness Based Therapy for Anxiety (including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Anxiety, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety)
Psychodynamic Therapy for Anxiety
Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy for Anxiety
Support for lifestyle changes, including increasing exercise and healthier nutrition, improving one’s sleep schedule, and avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and other drugs.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Therapy
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Therapy
Panic Disorder Therapy
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Therapy
Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder) Therapy
Separation Anxiety Therapy
Selective Mutism Therapy
Continue reading if you’re interested in learning more about different types of anxiety disorders and some of the therapeutic approaches we use to treat them. Remember, only a qualified mental health professional can diagnose an anxiety disorder.
With generalized anxiety disorder, a person worries about a lot of things or feels anxious most days of the week for no obvious reason. People with generalized anxiety disorder frequently expect catastrophe and disaster and are preoccupied with worry about finances, health, relationships, school, or work.
Typically, worries are irrational or disproportionate to the situation. People with generalized anxiety disorder frequently report being in a state of ongoing worry, dread, or fear. These worries can get in the way of healthy relationships and success at work or in school.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a condition that causes repeated intrusive thoughts (ruminations), obsessions or a strong urge to repeat the same behavior over and over again (compulsion). Many people with OCD have both compulsions and obsessions. People living with OCD often find themselves: hoarding, checking, having unwanted thoughts, focused on issues around contamination, or a strong need for symmetry and ordering. Many people will continually ask for reassurance, or find themselves repeating a particular word, thought or phrase in their head.
People living with OCD tend to seek OCD therapy because they are struggling with the following concerns
Religion, morality and sin
Contamination and germs
Self doubt, uncertainty, insecurity and feeling insufficient, imperfect, defective
Destructive, combative, intrusive or sexual thoughts.
Aggression towards loved ones
Order and symmetry
An inability to stop
Some people living with OCD find themselves having destructive, combative, intrusive or sexual thoughts. When this happens, most people find that they can’t manage their OCD on their own and seek OCD therapy. When aggressive thoughts occur, we strongly encourage you to work with a therapist specialized in OCD therapy. We understand that these aggressive thoughts are unwanted, and are causing you to experience intense emotional pain. OCD help is available. Learn to manage your thoughts before they manage you. TCFG offers OCD therapy in Philadelphia PA, Mechanicsville VA, Ocean City NJ and Santa Fe NM.
Panic Disorder: Panic attacks are frequently described as a period of intense fear or discomfort that peaks in ten minutes but may last as long as twenty to thirty minutes. People in the throes of an attack may feel they will collapse or die. Sometimes people experiencing a panic attack may go to the emergency room because they think they are having a medical problem only to learn there is nothing wrong with them, and the condition is best treated with talk therapy. Simply having one panic attack does not mean that you have a diagnosis of panic attacks. A panic attack diagnosis refers to a person with a pattern of repeated frequent panic attacks. Additionally, after having a panic attack the person has suffered from at least a month of worry about having another panic attack, fear of losing control, and / or avoiding situations that might trigger having another panic attack. Lastly the panic attacks are not caused by a medical condition, drugs or another mental health condition such as OCD or social phobias. Regardless of whether or not a person meets the criteria of being diagnosed with panic attack disorder, most people would benefit from treatment. Untreated panic attacks can feel scary and can get worse. TCFG offers panic attack therapy therapy in Philadelphia PA, Ocean City NJ, Mechanicsville VA and Santa Fe NM
A Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs when a person is unable to recover after witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event. PTSD can last for a very long time. Months or years later, sights, sounds, smells, interactions can trigger memories of the trauma. Additionally you may experience an intense emotional or physical reaction. Often people struggling with PTSD may experience the following behaviors: avoid potential triggers (reminders), altered anxiety states, difficulty sleeping due to nightmares or flashbacks, a shift in how their normal anxiety looks, and difficulty talking about what happened. TCFG offers PTSD therapy in Philadelphia PA, Ocean City NJ, Mechanicsville VA and Santa Fe NM
Social phobia, also known as social anxiety, is a condition that refers to people feeling worry, nervousness, feelings of being uncomfortable that seem to apply to almost all social situations or specific social situations like eating or drinking in front of others. People who have social anxiety will often feel overly aware of people’s reactions towards them and feel as though they are constantly being judged. They might engage in obsession thinking about the social interactions and go out of their way to avoid social situations. The condition can be limiting due to the excessive mental and emotional energy spent worrying about the interactions, as well as the excessive time spent trying to avoid social situations. TCFG offers social phobia therapy, also known as social anxiety therapy in Philadelphia PA, Ocean City NJ, Mechanicsville VA and Santa Fe NM
Separation Anxiety Disorder is defined as having excessive and inappropriate amounts of anxiety when away from a particular place or is separated from a loved one. When separated, the individual often worries that something bad will happen to their loved one, or that they will get lost. The developmental stage of the individual is an important factor when defining what is considered excessive anxiety. TCFG offers Separation anxiety therapy in Philadelphia PA, Ocean City NJ, Mechanicsville VA and Santa Fe NM
Agoraphobia is defined as an anxiety disorder that includes a heightened sensation of fear and anxiety about not being able to escape a place or situation. People struggling with agoraphobia of struggle in crowds, or when outside of their home. Additionally they may struggle when traveling by airplane, bus or car. TCFG offers agoraphobia therapy in Philadelphia PA, Ocean City NJ, Mechanicsville VA and Santa Fe NM
Selective Mutism is a complex anxiety disorder that typically occurs in childhood. The person, who is capable of speech is unable to speak in select social situations, such as school. Selective mutism looks different for each individual. Sometimes the person can only whisper or is silent in particular places or situations. Usually, but not always, children and adults speak openly in their home. Despite negative consequences like shame, intimidation, fear, loneliness, isolation the person is unable to speak. TCFG offers selective mutism therapy in Philadelphia PA, Ocean City NJ, Mechanicsville VA and Santa Fe NM