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Anxiety Disorder

When anxiety gets out of control, it becomes Disordered Anxiety. Feelings of tense anticipation or nervousness are normal responses to certain things in life. However, when your anxiety level is too high too often, it can negatively affect your daily life.
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Anxiety Disorders consist of persistent fear and worry – it does not reside easily and instead can escalate to panic. These disorders can make it hard to focus, sleep, sit still, and even breathe. When the mind and body are in constant alert overdrive, overall health can be affected in addition to having problems at school, work, and in relationships.

Disordered anxiety can be caused by many things, including overwhelming stress, past traumas, and physical health problems. There are several types of anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and certain phobias.

How to Treat Anxiety Disorders

Each type and severity have distinct treatment plans, but most commonly include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), relaxation techniques, and sometimes medications as well. Therapy can help determine the type of anxiety disorder you have and which type of treatment may best suit your individual needs.

At Claibourne Counseling, we specialize in treating Anxiety!