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Anxiety Therapy

Everybody worries sometimes. That’s part of life and a normal reaction to concerns about health, money, family issues, job performance, schoolwork and the like.

However, when those normal worries become overwhelming and even expand to include things you shouldn’t be concerned about, then this may be a sign that you’re struggling with anxiety.

With anxiety therapy in Weston, we can help you manage your thoughts and behaviors, so you’ll feel less anxious and be able to lead an enjoyable and productive life.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety, or more specifically anxiety disorder, is a large and uncomfortable reaction to a situation that you may perceive as terrible, but really isn’t. Yes, there are instances when anxiety is warranted, such as when you are genuinely in danger. In that case, anxiety is your mind telling your body to take action because there is a threat of harm. However, when anxiety shifts into overdrive and you perceive too many things as potentially threatening, then it can be debilitating..

Am I the Only One with Anxiety?

No you are not. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders in America. Estimates are that it affects some 40 million adults, or about 18 percent of the population. Fortunately, anxiety is also one of the most treatable conditions.

What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?

  • Worry that is uncontrollable
  • Stomach troubles
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • A racing heart or heart palpitations
  • Racing thoughts
  • Tension and tight muscles

How to Decrease Anxiety During a Pandemic

By Monica Arroyo, LCSW | April 6, 2020

By Monica Arroyo The last few weeks have been quite hard for our country, and all our emotions seem to be increasing as each day passes by. But there are a number of things that can be done to cope with the anxiety that you may be feeling. Here is a list of some Mental Health Tips: 1.-Limit the amount of news and information that you are absorbing about what…

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What Is the Difference Between an Anxiety and Panic Attack?

Symptoms of anxiety vary in intensity, from mild to severe. Panic attacks, on the other hand, are always severe and present suddenly. Furthermore, panic attacks may not necessarily be triggered by an internal or external stressor; these can happen without any stimulus.

Symptoms of a panic attack include:

  • A pounding heart
  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or stomach pain
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling as if you’re being choked
  • Chills and shivers
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities

In addition, people who have experienced panic attacks report feeling a loss of control and suddenly fearing they are about to die. Panic attacks usually peak after 10 minutes or so and then gradually subside. However, after an attack, a sense of unease and worry may linger for the remainder of the day.

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How Can Therapy Help with Anxiety?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is the gold standard for treating anxiety. CBT’s premise is that your internal thoughts rather than external events affect the way you feel. So, it’s not necessarily the circumstances you find yourself in, but your perception of those circumstances that make you anxious.

Together, you and your clinician at Family Therapy Group of Weston will identify the connection between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Once you are aware of this connection, then you’ll better understand how negative thinking feeds anxiety. With this understanding, you’ll be able to learn how to control the underlying cause.

Another treatment option is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which is a type of CBT. This therapy helps people with anxiety develop positive behaviors even when they’re feeling anxious. The main point of ACT is to learn to live with anxiety so that it does not become your life’s focal point. ACT works very well in cases of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, as well as depression.

Read Some of Our Blog Posts About Anxiety:

Coping with Back to School Anxiety for Teens

By Monica Arroyo, LCSW | August 4, 2021

By: Sarah Rohan, LMHC As the new school year approaches, there are many teenagers who are looking forward to going back to school. Even though…

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Returning to school during the pandemic- Reflections from a therapist mom

By Monica Arroyo, LCSW | July 26, 2021

By: Alejandra Saavedra The start of the 2021-2022 school year is approaching. It’s official that for Broward County residents, hybrid or fully online options will…

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How can Art Therapy help with Anxiety? Let your creativity guide your emotions.

By Marianela Bermudez, RMHCI | April 6, 2021

By Marianela Bermudez Anxiety is a common condition in modern life. Anxiety disorders are estimated to be the most common mental disorder in the world.…

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What Is the Next Step?

Our therapists are highly trained in both CBT and ACT for anxiety treatment in Weston. We have found that within a few sessions, there will be a decrease in your symptoms and a greater ability to manage the moments of anxiety you experience.

To schedule an appointment, please call 954-769-1285 or complete the online form here.

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