You can't sleep through the night anymore. These panic attacks are keeping you from living your life. Why can't you have the peace you desperately crave? Perhaps, it's time to explore treatments for anxiety.
Every one of us at some point in our lives experiences anxiety. But, for some of us, these feelings can be so severe they get in the way of living your best life. If you notice you can relate to some of the symptoms below, it’s time to seek help from a licensed professional. You can feel better. Anxiety treatment can help.
Common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Excessive worry about everyday things
- Inability to control worries
- Racing thoughts
- Sleep disturbances
- Muscle tension
- Rapid breathing
- Increased heart rate
When Is It Time to Seek Help for Anxiety and Panic Attacks?
When these symptoms get in the way of work, relationships with others, or your family, your anxiety has become severe. Sometimes, so severe that we start to modify our lives to avoid triggering a panic attack or anxious feeling. You know your symptoms are going "too far" when you start avoiding social interaction. Perhaps, you suddenly stop drive or start avoiding going to work. And, yes even in a pandemic, staying inside all of the time can be a sign you need help. It’s during these times when people find that talking to a licensed counselor may be needed.
Often people who are experiencing anxiety will first talk to a primary care physician. Naturally, many physicians will recommend medication to help treat your anxiety symptoms. While medication is definitely one piece of the puzzle to help you feel better, the best outcome is having both medication and therapy working in conjunction with each other. Therapy and medication can both be important components of your anxiety treatment. Therefore, if you have been prescribed medication to help you with your anxiety, but you are still experiencing symptoms and have not yet tried therapy that is a good next step.
The Move Forward Counseling Approach to Anxiety Treatment in Lancaster, PA
Whether you are struggling with generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or panic attacks, we have trained, licensed clinicians to help you. Our therapists use different therapeutic techniques to treat anxiety. Our therapeutic approaches to anxiety treatment often include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, and exposure therapy. When you begin counseling, your therapist will talk with you about your specific symptoms. Then, they recommend a specific type of therapy they believe would be most helpful for you.
Various treatments for anxiety our caring therapists might use:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT, or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, involves replacing negative and irrational thoughts with a healthy and adaptive thought process. Thus, ending the anxiety cycle. This process involves noticing your thoughts, learning how to reframe them, and identifying how your thoughts, feelings, and actions are related to decreasing anxiety.
Mindfulness Techniques for Anxiety Therapy
Simply stated, mindfulness is paying attention to the present moment. Often anxiety is caused by focusing on past events that we perceive as negative, or worries about how future events will turn out. When we can learn to focus on the present moment, we distract our mind from focusing on the anxiety related to the past and/or the future.
Exposure therapy helps people who are experiencing phobias or obsessive-compulsive disorder. It is a process of learning coping skills for distress/anxiety and then applying them during situations that someone has identified as anxiety-provoking. Over time, the body acclimates to approaching the situation in a different way, and anxiety decreases.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Move Forward, Now.
Experiencing anxiety can be a scary time in a person's life, but it doesn’t have to be that way forever. At Move Forward Counseling, our therapists work with our clients to help them decrease their anxiety. Through counseling, our clients reach a place where their anxiety is no longer negatively impacting their functioning in day to day life. Ready to get started with a life of feeling less anxious? Therapy can be a really effective form of anxiety treatment. Let's get started.
Start Anxiety Treatment in Lancaster, PA or With Online Therapy in Pennsylvania
Anxiety, stress, and worry do not have to dominate your life. Anxiety treatment with our Lancaster, PA-based therapists can help you take control over your life again. Give us a call today to make an appointment. We can help people all over the state with online therapy in Pennsylvania. So, we can help you in Pittsburgh, Philly, College Station, Allentown, Scranton, York, Harrisburg, Erie, and beyond! No matter where you are in PA, follow these simple steps to get started:
- Contact our caring administrative assistant to set up your first appointment
- Meet with a professional anxiety treatment specialist
- Begin feeling more grounded and in control of your life
Other Therapy Services at Move Forward Counseling
Anxiety treatment is not all we offer in our Lancaster therapy offices. Again, we are proud to offer online therapy in Pennsylvania, no matter where you are in the state. For adults, we offer depression treatment, trauma therapy, relationship counseling, and more. We also provide specialized services for LGBTQ+ issues, therapy for life transitions, and help for caregiver stress. Since we specialize in working with women, we provide postpartum counseling, maternal mental health and pregnancy services, plus infertility counseling. Finally, we help teens, twenty-somethings, and anyone dealing with body image issues find a clear way to move forward. Contact us today to get started!