Learning About Anxiety Disorders

Individuals of all ages experience transient anxiety throughout their lives. Feeling anxiety is a normal and adaptive part of being human.  Usually, anxiety is due to work or family stressors, public speaking, tests, relationship woes, etc. and as such anxiety is a normal part of everyday life of the human experience. It’s a biological instinct that helps keep us alert to danger; some call it “fight or flight.” Typically this type of anxiety passes quickly enough or is mild enough that it does not negatively affect our health and well-being. Unfortunately, there are many Americans who struggle with more severe anxiety disorders on a regular basis. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety disorders. This makes anxiety the most common health concern within the United States, according to the NAMI.

Anxiety disorders encompass a group of disorders that can cause intense emotional or physical symptoms of fear or stress that become overwhelming in situations that are non-life threatening. These anxieties make normal, everyday life very difficult. Here is a list of disorders that are included within the category of “anxiety disorders:”

  • Panic Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Specific Phobias
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • or Separation Anxiety Disorder in Children

How Anxiety Disorders Can Affect People

Each anxiety disorder causes an individual both emotional and physical symptoms that can become overwhelming. When these symptoms begin to disrupt normal living, the symptoms qualify as a “disorder.” Each anxiety disorder causes excessive fear or other emotional and physical symptoms in non-threatening situations. The following video details the most common anxiety condition that we see at Kentlands Psychotherapy, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Video Credit: Osmosis.org

Anxiety Treatment Options

Those that suffer from anxiety disorders do not need to deal with anxiety without professional help. Kentlands Psychotherapy has psychologists, counselors, and psychotherapists on staff who offer treatments for anxiety conditions such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorders to adults and children. We offer the following treatments and services:

  • Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Psychotherapy Treatment
  • Counseling Services
  • Exercise and Specific Dietary Behavior Change Coaching
  • Alpha-Stim Sessions
  • Referrals to Registered Dietitians
  • Referrals to Psychiatrists for Medication Evaluations and Management

Our Clinicians are knowledgeable about how a multifaceted approach to treat anxiety can be extremely effective in tackling these sometimes stubborn conditions. Call Dr. Krista Beyer to learn more at 240-252-3349 ext. 803 or request an appointment with Dr. Elizabeth Carr, Dr. Krista Beyer, or Dr. Raffaela Peter for an evaluation and treatment recommendations. Our treatment planning is compassionate, collaborative, and customized to your unique needs.

Dr. Beyer is a Clinical Psychologist who has a special interest in Anxiety conditions and treatments. She is happy to talk with you by phone about her approach as you consider which therapist might be the best fit for you!