Developing Skills to Manage Anxiety & Big Emotions
At Family Connections Therapy in San Diego, we have enormous compassion for those living with anxiety. It affects over 7 million adults in the United States alone. While anyone can develop anxiety, significantly more women than men develop this condition. People who suffer from anxiety experience negative, intense, and overwhelming sensations, both physically and emotionally, that are long lasting and intrusive. The effects of anxiety can make it difficult to just get through the day.
Do I Need Anxiety Treatment or am I Just Worried?
No doubt we all worry. We worry about our kids, our finances, and our health. Especially as life fluctuates or takes a downturn. Some amount of worry is normal and healthy, showing we care and are giving attention to what is important. However, when worry or stress crosses over into anxiety help is available. You don’t have to suffer needlessly. Unlike daily concerns and stresses, anxiety disorders are not just about worrying or feeling tense. They are serious and diagnosable conditions. Which will significantly affect your confidence, judgment, balance, and peace. There are several types of anxiety disorders, each with unique symptoms. The most common include generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic disorders, and phobias.
Anxiety symptoms are both emotional and physical, and they may include:
Emotional Anxiety Symptoms:
- Feelings of apprehension, worry, fear, or dread
- Restlessness or irritability and frustration
- Feeling tense, jumpy, or unsettled
- Anticipating the worst or ‘catastrophized’ thinking
- Lack of confidence or low self-esteem
Physical Anxiety Symptoms:
- Rapid or racing heartbeat
- Pressured breathing or shortness of breath
- Sweating and feeling too hot or cold
- Tremors or twitches
- Headaches, stomach aches or cramping, neck or jaw tension
- Fatigue, low energy, and trouble sleeping
- Frequent urination or diarrhea
- Over or under eating
Why am I Anxious?
In our world, it may seem like everyone should be anxious. We have a lot to worry about, so if you’re asking yourself, “Why do I feel like this and other people are fine?” You’re not alone. The underlying causes of anxiety are multi-layered incorporating biological, psycho-social, and genetic factors. Howwever the condition is often induced by big triggers. Such as a car accident, illness, break-up, or job loss. Alternatively, a continued buildup of stress and difficult circumstances may lead to anxiety symptoms. Especially for people who have certain personality types and are prone to worry.
Do I Need Social Anxiety Disorder Treatment?
When we talk about anxiety, we most often discuss generalized anxiety disorder. Yet this is just one type of anxiety. Because anxiety disorders have overlapping symptoms it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact type of anxiety disorder you’re struggling with. Especially since sometimes people have more than one anxiety condition. It can be helpful to understand the nuances of these conditions because it can change the approach we take in anxiety disorder treatment.
For example, both agoraphobia and social anxiety disorder (SAD) can involve the fear of public places. However, people with SAD feel anxiety more commonly in public places when scrutiny by others may occur. Compared to when being in public alone (i.e. like alone in a waiting room). Interestingly, they can also feel tremendous anxiety symptoms even when with a known friend. Those who experience agoraphobia more commonly have fear of leaving the house altogether and having panic attacks in public. They usually, feel better when with a trusted friend if they can leave home at all.
Introversion VS Social Anxiety Disorder
Introversion is another personality trait that is often thought of as a form of anxiety. Interestingly this is completely distinct from both agoraphobia and social anxiety disorders. Introversion is viewed as much more organic and natural to our personalities. We are born on a continuum of extroversion to introversion. Anxiety disorders are viewed as learned, developed, or subconscious reactions to survive life stressors.
So rather than being a disordered behavior, introverts are often self-sufficient, super-focused, and observant individuals. Who see their introversion as their way of being in the world. On the other hand those with anxiety related conditions are often overwhelmed, distracted, or hyper vigilant in focus. Viewing their anxiety as a block to being in the world. Additionally, those who are introverted do not usually have negative personalization about being introverts while those with social anxiety or agoraphobia often think something is wrong with them or that others will discover their anxiety and be disappointed.
Does Anxiety Treatment Really Help?
Many clients attempt to “just deal with it” when addressing anxiety. Our anxiety therapists find that people often think it is just “a little extra worry.” While this kind of rugged individualism is admirable, it is also unnecessary. It can leave you feeling worn out and worn down. Research and science show unequivocally that anxiety treatment with therapy is highly effective for overcoming anxiety, quickly with lasting results. In fact, therapy as a form of anxiety treatment is even MORE effective than medication for most people. Plus without the side effects! When anxiety therapy is combined with mild medication and mind-body techniques it is an unbeatable combination. That can get people through the difficulties surrounding all types of anxiety.
What Happens During Anxiety Treatment
At Family Connections Therapy, our anxiety therapists partner with you starting from a place of compassion and connection. In order to accurately assess and uncover the causes of your anxiety symptoms. From there, a partnership begins to empower you, not only to manage but actually overcome anxiety-related conditions. The focus in your anxiety treatment sessions includes:
- identifying and managing triggers
- transforming negative thoughts that cause “anxiety spiraling”
- implementing routines that increase stability and confidence
- supportive physical and behavioral interventions
- addressing relevant, underlying causes.
Our San Diego anxiety therapists are client-centered and use attachment-based modalities. In order to provide you a foundation of trust and support to reach desired goals.
DBT & CBT As A Part of Anxiety Treatment in San Diego, CA
Our anxiety therapists use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Both are effective with proven outcomes in anxiety treatment. DBT has a powerful four point focus: increasing mindfulness, deepening interpersonal effectiveness, expanding distress tolerance, and improving emotion regulation. DBT uses specific methods, handouts, effective coping skills, and the ability to tailor treatment to individual needs. CBT pinpoints troubling core thoughts and beliefs that lead to challenging emotions and poor choices or behaviors. The idea is that, if you can change the way you think, you can change the way you feel. Which then allows you to change the way you act. While it seems simple, it is incredibly effective in achieving outcomes for those who struggle with anxiety. Put simply, people don’t have to suffer with anxiety symptoms. This condition is highly treatable, and the right anxiety treatment allows sufferers to lead more satisfying lives.
Anxiety exists to spur us on and keep us safe during difficult situations, but when elevated anxiety levels keep us from enjoying a satisfying life, it may be time to partner with The Family Connections Therapy team to feel better.
Ready to Start Anxiety Treatment in San Diego, CA?
Ready to start overcoming your anxiety symptoms? Family Connections Therapy can help you live a more satisfying life in San Diego, CA. Our anxiety therapists offer a lot of options to help you address your anxiety. Including anxiety disorder treatment and social anxiety disorder treatment. In order to get started follow these steps:
- Reach out to speak to someone at Family Connections Therapy.
- Start meeting with your San Diego anxiety therapist.
- Get freedom from your anxiety symptoms
Other Services At Family Connections Therapy in California
In our San Diego-based therapy practice, we offer lots of counseling options to support you and your family. For youth we have, children’s therapy, therapy for ADHD, attachment and healthy development, and play therapy. As well as LGBTQIA+ and transgender therapy for kids and teens. Our San Diego therapists also offer online therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy. For adults, we offer individual therapy, depression treatment, and more! Contact us to learn more about our mental health services!