Everyone worries about various life stressors from time to time. Anxiety can be nature’s way of alerting us when danger is near (flight vs. fight). For some people the worry and fear is not temporary, and it lingers for weeks, months or even years. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the US impacting 18.1% (40 million adults) in the United States. Anxiety Disorders can develop from a variety of risk factors that include genetics, personality, and life circumstances.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety can present with different symptoms, depending on the person. Worry becomes very concerning when it is present for 6 months or more. Common symptoms of Anxiety Disorder include:
- Constant worry that is difficult to control
- Feelings of restlessness
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Approach to Treatment for Anxiety
During your sessions with Keisha, you will work with her to learn healthier ways to cope as well as identify any underlying factors that contribute to anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is highly effective for the treatment of anxiety. Keisha utilizes a CBT approach that is designed to assist you in challenging unhealthy thoughts and learn coping skills that will reduce the intensity and likelihood of anxiety symptoms.