Anxiety Disorders are one of the most common psychological conditions that affect children, adolescents, and adults. Anxiety disorders are characterized by persistent worry, fear, apprehension, or distress and significantly impact the individual’s ability to function in one or more areas of his/her life. If left untreated, anxiety disorders can lead to social, academic, occupational and interpersonal problems, low self-esteem, and a continuation of anxiety throughout life.
There are several types of disorders in this category, which include:
- Separation Anxiety Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Specific Phobia
- Social Anxiety
- Obsessive Compulsives Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Fortunately, there are many treatments for Anxiety Disorders that are highly effective. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy may be used to identify automatic thoughts and change one’s resultant behaviors. Exposure therapies may be used to treat phobias and obsessive-compulsive tendencies. Relaxation training may be used to evoke the parasympathetic nervous system and ease feelings of panic and anxiety. I also work with children, adolescents, and adults to develop new coping skills to face anxiety-provoking situations and develop a sense of mastery and increased self-esteem.