Anxiety that never seems to go away or interferes with daily life affects 19% of adults. When your anxiety becomes a steady presence rather than an occasional feeling, it's time to talk with Kelly Thompson, LCSW. With her compassionate care and experience in a range of therapeutic techniques, Kelly has helped many people overcome their relentless anxiety. To schedule a telemedicine appointment, call the office in Waco, Texas, or book online today.
Everyone occasionally has anxiety. Anxiety causes feelings of dread, nervousness, or fear when you face a stressful, challenging, or dangerous situation.
This type of anxiety serves a purpose. Your brain naturally responds to your feelings, triggering the release of hormones that energize your body so you can manage the situation. Then your anxiety goes away after you deal with the challenge.
Anxiety negatively affects your mental, emotional, and physical health when it persists beyond the immediate situation, gets overwhelming, or interrupts your daily life. That's when therapy can help.
You can develop one of several types of anxiety disorders. Some of the most common include:
When you have GAD, you constantly or excessively worry about many aspects of your everyday life, including work, children, family, school, friends, and health.
Social anxiety disorder causes intense anxiety when you meet new people, perform in front of others, or feel others are judging you.
This type of anxiety refers to a strong fear of something specific, like needles, heights, or flying.
Anxiety often causes physical and emotional symptoms. Many people experience:
Anxiety may also cause a panic attack. These attacks occur quickly, suddenly causing symptoms such as chest pain, sweating, and shortness of breath.
During your initial consultation, Kelly talks with you about your symptoms and when you feel anxious. After completing an assessment, she diagnoses the type and severity of your anxiety and recommends a care plan. Your treatment may include:
Several therapeutic techniques do a great job of relieving anxiety. For example, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) teaches you to change the way you think and react to the things that cause your anxiety. Another type of therapy focuses on confronting your fears rather than avoiding them.
If you have severe anxiety or panic attacks, you may need anti-anxiety medications that you can take as needed. Antidepressants also relieve anxiety, but it takes weeks for them to take effect.
Don't let anxiety disrupt your life. Call Kelly Thompson, LCSW, or book a telemedicine appointment online today.