Treatment for anxiety disorders is essential to begin coping with and overcoming anxiety issues.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal emotion to experience in situations that can be dangerous, stressful, or threatening. Anxiety signals to humans that an action is necessary in order to avoid danger or harm. This is normal and even helpful to survival. However, anxiety becomes problematic to people when the feeling is present in situations where there are no threats or dangers in the environment. Anxiety can cause significant distress when an individual has excessive anxiety and has difficulty controlling their anxiety to where it causes impairment in social, occupational, or educational functioning.
What is the difference between anxiety and worry?
Anxiety and worry often coexist together. Anxiety is an emotion or feeling, whereas worry is a thought or cognition the person has of an apprehensive expectation. Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a disorder defined by a person having excessive anxiety and worry in which the person has difficulty controlling their worry.
Here are some questions to consider regarding Anxiety Disorders:
- Do you experience significant anxiety when thinking about or entering social or performance situations to where you avoid them?
- Do you have significant anxiety when exposed to specific feared objects or situation?
- Do you have anxiety about or avoid places or situations where it may be difficult to escape?
- Are you experiencing panic attacks where you may have shortness of breath, heart rate increasing, and feeling you are losing control?
- Do you have ideas, thoughts, impulses, or images that are intrusive and inappropriate and cause significant anxiety or distress?
- Are you engaging in repetitive behaviors (e.g. checking, hand washing, orderliness) or mental acts (e.g. counting, repeating words in your head) which briefly helps to reduce anxiety or worry?
Contact Dr. Watson for Treating Anxiety:
Feel free to call Dr. Watson to discuss. She can be reached directly at (404) 954-2713 or contact her here.