Constant worry. Insomnia. Racing thoughts. Fear or dread. You have difficulty concentrating at work, and you don’t feel present around your family and friends. You experience regular headaches, digestive issues, body pains, or fatigue that is unexplainable by medical illness. You are suffering from anxiety.
If you are experiencing anxiety that interrupts your daily life, kindly know that you are not alone. 40 million adults in the United States experience anxiety symptoms regularly. Fortunately, our therapists are well-trained in treating anxiety. Working with a Lotus Counseling Center therapist, you will develop awareness of triggers, utilize coping strategies, and engage in mindfulness exercises such as meditation. We endeavor to provide creative, personalized interventions that are tailored to your particular needs and have found Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to be one of the most successful treatment models for rapid relief. We help you discover how to feel better while providing a safe space for your healing process to begin.
Read on to learn more about the various anxiety disorders than can affect daily life. If you see yourself in any of the symptoms described below, it is time to seek help. Lotus Counseling Center is a safe environment offering a team of highly-trained, compassionate clinicians ready to support you through your journey.
At Lotus Counseling Center, we take a holistic approach in the treatment of stress by combining the use of exercise, nutrition, and mindfulness practices in addition to psychotherapy for gentle, effective results. You will learn how to deal more effectively with stress through mindfulness and relaxation strategies that decrease stress hormones and calm the nervous system. Effective stress management techniques include:
- Deep Breathing
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Gratitude Exercises
Get through your day with more ease and confidence by tackling stress!
Social Anxiety Disorder
You feel panicked in crowds or before giving a presentation at work. You are preoccupied with what others think of you and worry that you always fall short of making a good impression. Nothing frightens you more than feeling pressured to engage in “small talk” with acquaintances or work colleagues. You have Social Anxiety Disorder, a condition that interrupts your daily life and prohibits you from feeling effective at work or making connections with others.
Living with social anxiety can be isolating but it shouldn’t stop you from seeking help. At Lotus Counseling Center, you will work with a well-trained, compassionate therapist to face the fears that hold you back. Your therapist will train you in the use of appropriate social skills and relaxation strategies to enable you to feel more comfortable around others while maintaining rewarding relationships. Getting a handle on your social anxiety can enrich your life by making socializing fun again and can even further your education or career by setting you up for success.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
You’re plagued by obsessive thoughts that interfere with your concentration, cause you to live in constant fear, and keep you awake at night. You engage in repetitive behaviors in response to your thoughts such as checking, hand washing, or cleaning. Maintaining these thoughts and behaviors is becoming exhausting; you’re frustrated and ready to seek help.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders have the potential to completely disrupt daily functioning and prevent sufferers from enjoying life. If you are ready to get your OCD under control, Lotus Counseling Center can help. Our therapists treat OCD and OCD-related disorders through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Supportive Therapy techniques. These techniques will help you learn how to contain your anxious thoughts and behaviors, allowing you to live more fully and brightly once again.
You’re going about your day when, seemingly out of nowhere, you notice your heart is racing loudly and your palms are sweating. You feel a pain in your chest and become dizzy. You fear you are having a heart attack or that you are going to die, and this thought only worsens the symptoms you’re experiencing. You feel trapped and helpless in your own body. You are having a panic attack.
Panic attacks are marked by the sudden onset of physical and psychological anxiety symptoms such as:
- Racing Heart
- Shortness of Breath
- Pain in Chest and/or Body
- Excessive Sweating
- Racing Thoughts
Panic attacks are often overwhelming and terrifying for those who experience them. If you have recently experienced a panic attack or live in constant fear of your next one, please take relief in knowing that therapy can help you manage this terrifying disorder. Your therapist will help you identify the situations that contribute to your high anxiety levels. Perhaps there is a major life decision you’re putting of, or work simply isn’t a good fit. Through relaxation training and mindfulness, you can reduce your instances of panic attacks, experience less worry in your day-to-day life, and improve your overall functioning to flourish once again.
Do you experience intense fear of a specific thing, animal, or situation that causes you extreme and irrational anxiety? Do you go to great lengths to avoid contact with what you are afraid of? Is your fear so intense that it disrupts your day-to-day life? If you answered yes, you are experiencing phobia.
Examples of specific phobias include fear of:
- Specific Animals (spiders, insects, birds, etc.)
- Social Situations
- Public Speaking
Rest assured that you can overcome phobias with the right care. The highly trained and compassionate therapists at Lotus Counseling Center will enable you to address your fears by practicing anxiety management techniques and gradually improving your ability to face your phobias. Tackling your phobia will allow you to live more fully with less worry.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
You’ve been impacted by trauma, either an event you experienced or one you witnessed. This could refer to:
- Sexual assault
- Sudden death
Your brush with trauma causes you to feel overly alert and reactive when you are reminded of the traumatic event. You often feel restless, have trouble sleeping, and may experience frequent nightmares. You face fear and anxiety regularly. You feel hopeless about the future because you don’t see an end in sight to your suffering.
There is a bright future in sight for those afflicted with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Lotus Counseling Center can help you overcome these symptoms while guiding you through the process of grief and healing. Through therapy, you can build greater awareness about the situations that upset you and learn how to engage in relaxation strategies to remain calmer when exposed to traumatic reminders. You may also be encouraged to connect with other trauma survivors to help you feel less alone. Building a skill set to address your trauma with and developing a support network can enable you to get back into the world again.
Smoking, Nail Biting, and Other Bad Habits
You chew your nails down to the quick or pick at aberrations on your skin in times of stress. Or, you turn to gambling when you’re feeling overwhelmed, resulting in feelings of shame and financial stress. Maybe you go through a pack of cigarettes daily and need support to stop.
Most people can name at least one “bad habit” that they lean on in times of stress. While these habits may seem like a way to relieve anxiety in the moment, they are temporary, “quick fixes” that are likely to be harmful to your health or well-being in the long run. Some examples of poor coping mechanisms and impulsive behaviors include:
- Nail Biting
- Picking at Skin
- Hair Pulling
- Phone / TV Overuse
- Hitting / Breaking Things
- Kleptomania (stealing)
- Sex or Porn Addiction
Therapy can help you overcome bad habits by targeting these behaviors and replacing them with positive ways to deal with stress. Your therapist might encourage you to track your habits, holding you responsible for your reliance on them and encouraging you to learn more about when and why you engage in certain behaviors. From there, you will set goals together about how to limit or cease these behaviors by implementing techniques to get through impulses without acting and utilizing healthy stress management strategies, instead.
At Lotus Counseling our goal is to make it easy and convenient for you to see our team! Contact our office now at 305-915-5748 to help you coordinate an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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