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MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH AND TO HELP SPREAD AWARENESS ACCEPTING THERAPY WILL BE POSTING SOME FACT SHEETS ON COMMON MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS.
Do you have difficulty sleeping? Do you often feel restless? Do you frequently imagine the worst-case scenario?
If this sounds familiar, you may be experiencing clinical anxiety. Anxiety disorders are prevalent and, therefore, it can be helpful to educate yourself on anxiety symptoms and treatment options.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) anxiety disorders are the most common of all mental disorders: impacting 18.1% of the American population annually. Due to the widespread impact of anxiety, it is important to equip yourself with some facts.
WHAT IS GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD)?
Based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) criteria for GAD diagnosis includes:
- Excessive anxiety and worry, occurring on more days than not, for at least 6 months.
- You find it difficult to control worry
- Anxiety and worry correlate with at least 3 of these symptoms:
Attention difficulty or mind going blank
- Causes clinically significant distress or impairment in a domain of life
- Not caused by the effects of a substance or other medical condition
- Not explained by any other mental disorder
(American Psychiatric Association, 2013)
GAD can be diagnosed by a licensed counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist
If anxiety has become an obstacle in your life there are treatment options for you. Here are some tips on treatment and helpful places to start:
- Talk to your primary care doctor: talk about your symptoms, ask for a referral, and decide on a treatment plan that best fits your needs and lifestyle.
- Begin therapy: Therapy for anxiety can occur with or without medication treatment. Therapy equips you with the tools you need to cope with anxiety independently and offers long-term solutions.
- Common therapy types for anxiety: oftentimes persons with anxiety benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Although this is the most popular practice for anxiety and depression, it is not for everyone. Perhaps more important, than the specific type of therapy, is this: look for a therapist whose style and personality resonates with you. The therapeutic relationship is an essential predictive factor in achieving a successful outcome and reaching your goals.
Stay tuned for more fact sheets on anxiety and other mental disorders.
If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and want to learn more check out our website here and talk to one of our therapists today!
Remember: anxiety is a common experience and there is no shame in seeking help!
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