Everyone experiences some level of stress in their daily living, and almost everyone feels anxious from time-to-time. Stress is a physiological arousal response that allows us to be attentive and responsive to situations. Healthy stress is when the brain perceives and interprets real threats that are immediate or in the near future, then engages the mind in problem-solving tasks to eliminate these threats. People don’t just respond to situations, they also create situations through choices and actions. It is normal for people to react to stress with anxiety because it can be beneficial to us in some situations such as the fight-or-flight response in perceived dangerous situations. Anxiety is a state of intense uneasiness, uncertainty, and fear resulting from perceived threatening situations or events where physical and psychological functioning is disrupted to some degree. Therefore, it is common to feel anxious, worried, fearful, or nervous when making important decisions, dealing with life problems, taking tests, or simply planning for the future. Individuals experience situations differently based on genetics, neurochemistry, personality, and life events. There are many risk factors for developing and anxiety disorder. These factors would be different for different individuals and can be assessed by an Anxiety Therapist. When anxiety becomes excessive and difficult to control, Anxiety Therapy is an effective treatment approach. Seeking Anxiety Therapy helps alleviate symptoms through several evidence-based treatment methods. Anxiety Therapy not only aims at reducing symptoms but also teaches coping techniques and developing healthier habits.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), all Anxiety Disorders share features of fear and anxiety, where fear is the emotional response to perceived threat and anxiety is the anticipation of future threats. The most common symptoms of Anxiety Disorders include restlessness, intense fear, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, heart palpitations, sweating, dizziness, shortness of breath, and/or sleep disturbance. There are several types of Anxiety Disorders such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Specific Phobias, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Separation Anxiety Disorder, and Selective Mutism to name a few. Each type of the disorder meets specific diagnostic criteria in the DSM V. If you are experiencing these symptoms, do not delay in speaking with an Anxiety Therapist to who is a trained professional in making a diagnosis and providing Anxiety Therapy.
If you are suffering from an Anxiety Disorder, you are not alone. Anxiety Disorders are the most common psychiatric conditions affecting the general population in the United States. Many people suffer silently without ever reporting symptoms or seeking Anxiety Therapy. Although Anxiety Disorders are treatable, many people often don’t often recognize or consider the need for Anxiety Therapy due misconceptions, shame, guilt, lack of time etc. A large body of research evidence shows that people with an Anxiety Disorder are more likely to have other co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions, have more frequent doctor visits, and at greater risk for hospitalization. Nearly half of those diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder also meet the criteria for Depression. Some of the most effective Anxiety Therapy include Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT), Behavior Therapy (BT), and relaxation training.
Dr. Ayesha Uddin, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in Anxiety Therapy at Dr. Angela Reiter & Associates in Eastchester, NY. She is trained in providing evidence-based treatment models for Anxiety Therapy. As an Anxiety Therapist, Dr. Ayesha Uddin, PhD will uniquely tailor the Anxiety Therapy plan that is right for you. Dr. Ayesha Uddin, PhD has extensive academic, research, and clinical training on anxiety and related disorders. Call for a free 15-minute phone consultation, do not delay. Early intervention is the best intervention. We can assist you or someone you love with anxiety.