Anxiety presents in many ways, and it can also be a component of other disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), but here we will discuss Generalized Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and Phobias.
Everyone gets nervous sometimes, but the diagnosis of general anxiety is more than that—it’s when feelings of anxiety seem out of your control, and cause distress and difficulty in functioning in everyday life.
Anxiety presents as persistent, pervasive, and excessive worry about a variety of different things. Sometimes the anxiety may have a focus, such as socializing, work, family, money, upcoming events, etc., but sometimes it may just be a general feeling of anxiety that you just can’t shake.
Anxiety symptoms include:
- Persistent worrying that is out of proportion to the impact of events
- Always assuming the worst-case scenario will happen
- Difficulty handling uncertainty
Indecisiveness related to fear of making the wrong decision
- Difficulty concentrating
- Avoiding situations that cause spikes in anxiety, especially situations that are part of daily life, such as socializing, travel, work, etc.
- Inability to let go of worries/inability to relax
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Nausea and/or stomachaches
- Panic attacks
If you feel that anxiety is impacting the way you enjoy and function in every day life, ACP is here to help.
We offer therapy for anxiety, as well as psychiatric services for those who may benefit from medication. You can also use our free, confidential mental health screening tool if you feel unsure. ACP also offers weekly group therapy for people with anxiety at our Minneapolis location. If you're interested, please call 612-925-6033 and ask to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Richard Anderson.
Panic attacks are an acute, intense manifestation of anxiety and/or fear. Panic attack symptoms include:
- Heart palpitations or increased heart rate
- Trembling or shaking
- Shortness of breath
- A choking feeling
- Chest pain
- Nausea or stomach pain
- Feeling dizzy or faint
- Chills or hot flashes
- Numbness or tingling
- Feeling unreal or detached
- A fear of losing control
- A fear of dying
Experiencing a panic attack can be very frightening, but help is available. ACP offers individual and group therapy for those who experience panic attacks, as well as psychiatric services for those who may benefit from medication.
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by an intense and persistent fear of an object or situation. ACP offers individual therapy for those with phobias, as well as psychiatric services for those who may benefit from medication. We also offer group therapy for those experiencing social phobia.