Anxiety

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Treatment may be thought of as consisting of 3 steps:
  1. Assessment of the specific type of anxiety you may be struggling with.
  2. Education about what anxiety is and how it functions.
  3. Focus on changing thought patterns that contribute to the continuation of the anxiety.
Regarding the third one, bringing the thought patterns into clear understanding commonly shows the way towards helping you change them. We often do this through homework and in-session discussions about your thinking before, during and after a period of increased anxiety. We then work towards replacing the self-defeating thinking patterns with more realistic and healthier thoughts.
 
It should be said that the above, which is a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approach, does not always yield satisfying results. Anxiety can also be connected to experiences that have caused you to develop more complicated ways of being in relationships with others and the world around you. If we suspect this is the case during the initial assessment phase, we will discuss with you the different approaches. If you have more questions about this, please feel free to contact us, and one of us will be happy to explain further.

In general, the experiences that set off anxiety can be many things such as tests, performing in front of other people, closed spaces, heights, health worries, or remembering bad experiences, to name a few. Or it may feel like the anxiety just appears without any noticeable outside triggers. People's experience of anxiety is personal and real, and each person's experience is unique. Few have all the symptoms, and each symptom is often presented in unique ways.

If you have anxiety, you may be experiencing some or all of the following:

  • Restlessness
  • Feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Difficulty controlling the nervousness
  • Fear
  • Irritability
  • Easily fatigued
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep difficulties (waking up or not getting good sleep)

Anxiety is difficult to live with, and gets in the way of people doing what they would like to in their careers and personal lives. Anxiety is often very responsive to treatment, with research strongly suggesting psychotherapy as the first choice of treatment.