Facts and Statistics
An estimated 44 million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders. Only about one-third of those suffering from an anxiety disorder receive treatment, even though the disorders are highly treatable. Anxiety disorders are common in both adults and children. About 18 percent of U.S. adults and 25 percent of adolescents age 13 to 18 will experience anxiety, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. About 4 percent of adults, and nearly 6 percent of teens, have anxiety disorders classified as severe.
I decided to name this post Beyond Worry Shifting Gears into Anxiety because when a person suffers from anxiety their brain and body are constantly overwhelmed with feelings of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome and that uneasiness typically can be caused with compulsive behavior and/or panic attacks. Though many types of anxiety disorders exist, research suggests that most are driven by similar underlying processes. People with anxiety disorders tend to become easily overwhelmed by their emotions, and they tend to have particularly negative reactions to those unpleasant feelings and situations. Often, people try to cope with those negative reactions by avoiding situations or experiences that make them anxious. Unfortunately, avoidance can backfire and actually feed the anxiety
There are several major types of anxiety disorders:
Psychotherapy for Anxiety Disorders: What to Expect
Psychotherapy is a collaborative process, where psychologists and patients work together to identify specific concerns and develop concrete skills and techniques for coping with anxiety. Patients can expect to practice their new skills outside of sessions to manage anxiety in situations that might make them uncomfortable. However, therapists won't push patients into such scenarios until they're sure they have the skills they need to effectively confront their fears.
I as well as other therapists sometimes use other approaches to treat anxiety disorders in addition to CBT. Group psychotherapy, which typically involves several people who all have anxiety disorders, can be effective for both treating anxiety and providing patients with support. Family psychotherapy can help family members understand their loved one's anxiety, and help them learn ways to interact that do not reinforce anxious habits. Family therapy can be particularly helpful for children and adolescents suffering from anxiety disorders.
Many people experience meaningful symptom relief and improvement in their quality of life with professional care. However, treatment success varies. Some people respond to treatment after a few weeks or months while others may take longer. If people have more than one anxiety disorder or if they suffer from other co-existing conditions, treatment may take longer. An experienced provider will conduct a comprehensive assessment before discussing an individualized treatment plan.
Many people experience meaningful symptom relief and improvement in their quality of life with professional care. However, treatment success varies. Some people respond to treatment after a few weeks or months while others may take longer. An experienced provider will conduct a comprehensive assessment which consist evaluation of a patient's mental, physical and emotional health before discussing an individualized treatment plan.
Psychologists, LCSW, and LPC are highly trained and will tailor a treatment plan to address the unique needs of each patient. To find a licensed provider in your area, visit Psychology Today and if you are having a hard time or feeling overwhelmed on what to look for check out my previous post on how to find the right therapist for you.
Below is a chart of what can help you in the meantime...
Thanks for reading until next time,
L. Nicole Edwards, LCSW