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nxiety is more common than you may think. As an emotion, it’s part of everyone. At certain times and to certain degrees, it’s normal. It can help you deal with stress. It helps trigger the fight or flight state, which can keep you safe. Depending on how anxiety manifests itself, how you’re able to cope with it, and how you react, it may not always be healthy. We understand how your anxiety feels, and we can help.
When you feel anxious more than any other emotion, it doesn’t benefit you any more. Once that happens, you may find yourself socially withdrawing. Your relationships are impacted. Your work may suffer as you act out to over-compensate for your “weakness.” No matter how anxiety affects you, it is real. It can be debilitating. You can find yourself unable to work, socialize’ or even function on some levels.
Anxiety Can Affect Anyone
Some people think that there has to be some history of trauma to trigger anxiety. That’s not always true. The stress of everyday life can lead to anxiety in some people. For others, anxiety is a learned behavior or even genetic. The good news is, that with our help, you can learn to overcome or cope with your intense anxiety and its triggers.
Free Anxiety Phone Consultation
We make our services as comfortable as possible for you by offering a complimentary phone consultation so that you can ask us questions. We understand that taking this first step is the most difficult of all and we try to make this an extremely easy process. To request a free complimentary phone consultation from The Beverly Hills Therapy Group, please complete the form on this page.
Urgent Needs for Anxiety
If you have an urgent need, please call (888) 494-7788 to arrange your free phone consultation with a therapist right away. Telehealth options are also available so that you can keep being COVID-conscious.
Classifications of Anxiety
Although psychology considers there to be five broad categories of anxiety, not everyone with anxiety has just one type. The five classifications are:
• Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
• Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Panic Disorder
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Social Anxiety Disorder (also referred to as Social Phobia)
Within those five, there are countless sub-categories and examples of how they may present themselves in your life. You may even have more than one type of anxiety that falls into more than one category at a time. For example, Imposter Syndrome is often categorized as a Generalized Anxiety Disorder, but many people with Imposter Syndrome also have panic attacks. It can keep you from applying for a new job, a promotion, or even performing your current job well.
A woman who has suffered multiple miscarriages can have PTSD, Generalized Anxiety, and Panic Disorder. The fear of conceiving again only to lose the baby can have negative effects on her marriage, current children, and even her motivation to try to have another baby. This can lead to the need for both relationship counseling and individual counseling.
Another example of someone with multiple anxiety disorders is a person who tries to go out to do what to many is a regular activity. This might be a trip to the grocery store or to a child’s birthday party, but the fear of interacting with a stranger is overwhelming to the point that you create a need to go back home and check that the door is locked multiple times before you can leave and then once you’ve overcome that, you are afraid you’ll stutter, sweat excessively, or even blush to the point of embarrassment that you fear going outside your safe space. This is an example of someone with both OCD and social phobia.
Let’s Dive a Bit Deeper in to the Five Main Classifications of Anxiety Disorders
All types of anxiety fall in to one of these five types of anxiety. However, remember from the examples above that it is not uncommon to have more than one type of anxiety. We understand how you feel if you suffer from an anxiety disorder. We recommend working with a therapist who specializes in treatment that teaches coping skills.
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
If you feel constantly tense or on the edge for reasons that are very real to you, but when you voice your concern, you are quickly dismissed, you may have GAD. This type of anxiety can appear seemingly out of nowhere or happen as the result of a life experience.
Diagnosing Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Only a therapist can truly diagnose you if you think you have OCD. If you are obsessed about something or things and that leads you to a compulsive behavior you can’t overcome and it interferes with your daily living, you likely have some form of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Our therapists treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Panic Disorder Can Require Both Therapeutic & Medical Treatment
Although a therapist can diagnose and help you cope with your panic disorder, medical doctors also diagnose and prescribe medication for panic attacks. Panic attacks often show themselves physically through increased heart rate, dizziness, rapid breathing, or stomach pain. Panic disorders can be inherited, be triggered by extreme stress or happen after a trauma. Don’t let someone try to tell you that you’re overreacting and that a panic attack is not a real thing. It’s very real and very debilitating. The good news is that you can work to learn how to cope with or avoid triggers or even overcome your disorder through treatment.
PTSD Isn’t Exclusive to Military Personnel
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is most often associated with soldiers who have been to war, however it isn’t exclusive to war veterans. Anyone who has lived through a traumatic or terrifying life event can develop PTSD. It can show itself in many ways from fear of leaving the house (especially if your experience happened outside) to the inability to meet someone new if you were attacked by a stranger. Learning coping skills for your triggers with a support group or from a therapist can help you live a more normal life. We understand how much you suffer with this condition. We can help with dedicated therapy.
Do You Have Social Anxiety?
There is a difference in being an introvert and having social anxiety. An introvert chooses to do their own thing more than seek out social situations. Fear keeps someone with social anxiety from doing things they want to do. If you feel that your anxiety is keeping you from applying for a new job, meeting new people, or even going outside your safe space, you may have social anxiety.
Can Therapy Cure Anxiety?
That’s a tough question to answer. Technically anxiety can’t be cured, however, if you learn how to cope with your particular type of anxiety and its triggers, you can live a normal life. The Beverly Hills Therapy Group has many trained therapists on staff who specialize in one or more types of anxiety. A few examples of the types of anxiety we’ve helped people just like you overcome include:
• Imposter Syndrome – This often manifests itself in the workplace. You may feel that you’re not capable of doing your job as well as someone else. It may lead you to putting in excessive hours to try to prove otherwise. You may also give up and do the least work possible to prove that you’re not really cut out for the job.
• Grief & Loss – Losing a loved one is never easy, however, when it happens in a violent or traumatic way, anxiety can develop. If you’re trying to cope with a loss and it’s changing your behavior negatively because of the way the person died, you need help dealing with the loss and may have some level of post-traumatic stress disorder or social anxiety.
• Racial Profiling – Over the past two years there has been an increase in racially charged or motivated attacks. This is happening to not only African-Americans, but also Asian-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and so many other ethnic groups. We can help you if, as a person of color, you’re experiencing social anxiety or PTSD from a personal experience or simply from what you’re seeing in the world around you.
• Millennial Anxiety – If you’re a millennial you’ve probably experienced some type of profiling or a level of “generationism”. For whatever reason millennials have been held to a higher standard and put under more pressure than the generations before and since. Partly because of technology and partly because of the extreme success of many in this generation. You need to learn how to cope with the expectations society has put upon you and find your true self.
Anxiety Can Be Treated
If you see yourself in any of these categories or examples, we can help you. We can help even if you don’t know if you have anxiety or depression or both. The Beverly Hills Therapy Group has trained counselors on staff. We can work to find the right one for you. If you need an expedited return call, please reach us by calling (888) 494-7788 for your free consultation. We also have telehealth options available, which we can discuss with you during our consultation. We look forward to helping you with your treatment needs.
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