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Consider Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the Treatment of Anxiety

If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, you certainly aren’t alone. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States affecting over 18% of the population ages 18 and over. While they are highly treatable, only about one-third of those who suffer from anxiety disorders actually receive treatment.

Medication for anxiety may be an appropriate and effective treatment for many patients, but it is not the only effective option for treatment. Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT, is considered just as effective as medication for certain types of anxiety disorders, and has the most empirical evidence to support its effectiveness than any other psychotherapy. CBT addresses the factors that are maintaining your anxiety and helps you to modify your thoughts and behaviors. Therapy for anxiety can help you better understand how anxiety has impacted your life, how to observe and modify your thoughts, and increase your ability to tolerate anxiety so that you can take action in your life based upon your personal values and goals.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, or CBT, is an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic attacks and panic disorder, specific phobias, and overall life stress. By using CBT and mindfulness/acceptance-based approaches, our psychologists will work individually with you to develop the skills and a personalized plan to overcome your anxiety problem. Anxiety and worry often lead people to avoid doing things which would help them. You will learn how to notice, modify, and relate differently to anxiety-provoking thoughts and physical sensations, and thereby be able to engage more meaningfully in your life.

If you are suffering with anxiety, panic, or worry, know that there are effective treatments to help you. We specialize in the most researched therapy for anxiety, depression, and related disorders. For more information about cognitive behavior therapy or to find out how we can help you, please get in touch with us today.

Breaking the Stigma: Debunking Common Misconceptions About Anxiety

Everyone experiences bouts of anxiety from time to time. In fact, anxiety is a helpful emotion that provides us with information and helps to keep us safe. But while experiencing some anxiety is normal, those individuals suffering with anxiety disorders may feel anxiety throughout most of their day and it may interfere significantly with their health, sense of self, professional lives, and relationships. Unfortunately, there are various misconceptions about anxiety that impede individuals seeking treatment.

Here are just three of those myths, debunked.

  1. Anxiety isn’t a “real” problem.

If your anxiety is interrupting your life, it is a very real problem. Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than 42 billion dollars a year (almost 1/3 of the country’s total mental health bill). More than half of those costs are associated with the repeated use of health care services and treating symptoms that mimic physical illnesses. Untreated anxiety can also lead to or accompany issues like depression and substance abuse.

  1. It’s not common and affects only adults.

It may surprise you to learn that around 18% of the entire U.S. population — or roughly 40 million adults over the age of 18 — have an anxiety disorder. And anxiety does not only impact adults, but it significantly effects children as well. One in eight children have an anxiety disorder which can lead to poor school performance, avoidance of positive developmental experiences, and later risk for substance abuse issues if left untreated.

  1. Avoidance is one way to effectively manage stress and anxiety.

When we avoid stressful situations our anxiety is reduced in the moment. But this often makes anxiety worse in the long term and reinforces the idea that we can only feel better when we avoid these stressful situations. A highly trained CBT therapist can help you assess patterns of avoidance and identify thoughts and beliefs that contribute to this avoidance. With a collaborative approach a CBT therapist can help you learn ways to face stressful situations and gain a sense of efficacy in your life.

If you think you may be struggling with an anxiety disorder and are seeking therapists in CT, our staff at CBT Westport may be able to help you. For more information, get in touch with us today.

6 Signs You May Have an Anxiety Disorder (And How to Overcome It)

Most of us experience bouts of anxiety every so often. Job interviews, public speaking, first dates, financial issues, or family gatherings can cause our anxiety levels to spike. But everyday anxiety is different from an anxiety disorder. While it may not always be easy to make the distinction, anxiety disorders are actually the most common mental illness in the United States. These disorders affect 40 million adults over age 18, which is roughly 18% of the entire population. A psychologist can help you to determine whether you may have an anxiety disorder and will work with you to develop skills to overcome it. That’s why cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety is incredibly effective; it allows you to recognize and re-pattern your thoughts and behavior so that you are in control of your anxiety, rather than your anxiety controlling you. If you exhibit any of these six signs of anxiety disorders, counseling may be able to help you tremendously.

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