Do you suffer from Anxiety? There are various anxiety disorders. Recognizing and understanding these disorders can be the initial step to getting help. You are not alone, and you are not going crazy!! These disorders often cause people to panic, and repeat behaviors that are dysfunctional, but don't understand how to stop or change them. Following is a list of the various Anxiety Disorders in the DSM-5, the Diagnostic Manual for clinicians.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) which is the most common and highly treatable, curable. Panic Disorder, Specific Phobias Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Post Traumatic Disorder also known as PTSD.
There are online assessments that enable you to get an idea of the specific disorder you may be struggling with. You can also seek professional advice, and help, to get a diagnosis. That is the first step to getting help and healing. These are highly treatable disorders, some more complex than others.
You don't necessarily need to take psychotropic medication to get relief. A psychiatrist can prescribe these medications. The down side to these medications, is often the side effects are intolerable, and sometimes you can spend years finding the correct medication that helps.
There are other ways to heal, such as learning breathing, and relaxation techniques. These tools help heal your autonomic nervous system, which in turn helps you be in a calmer, more rational state.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, (CBT) is a proven method of helping change the negative, fearful thoughts that often underlie serious anxiety disorders. I have training with David Burns' CBT on steroids approach. He is the author of Feeling Great and Feeling Good. These books are packed with tools to help with anxiety and depression.
Other approaches include medical hypnosis, deep breathing techniques, relaxation techniques and activities such as yoga that help heal these disorders. If you're willing to invest the time and do the work, you can HEAL. Imagine what will be better in your life if you no longer had to struggle with this condition.
You can reach out and make an initial appointment to get diagnosed and start on the road to health and healing and happiness.