Anxiety Counseling

Anxiety Counseling & Therapy in Phoenix & Scottsdale, Arizona

Anxiety Counseling

Anxiety counseling helps people suffering from anxiety disorders. Some anxiety conditions are commonly referred to as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, agoraphobia and social anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is often identified by physical symptoms that can include heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches, sweating, headaches, immune system stress, increased blood pressure, trembling and suddenly going pale. Other people might experience a sense of dread or panic instead.

Having phobias that manifest as anxiety disrupts daily routines, limits work ability, destroys self-esteem, and strains interpersonal relationships because those that suffer from these conditions attempt to engage in behaviors that they think help to avoid the uncomfortable feelings. These types of conditions can strike at any time. Some arise during childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. The onset is often sudden and may occur in circumstance where no discomfort or anxiety existed previously. Although people with phobias or anxiety might realize that the fear is irrational, just pondering over it can cause extreme anxiety.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is identified by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things for extended periods of time. Those suffering from GAD tend to expect the worst and can be overly concerned about everyday problems. Worry is over general things such as health, family, friends, finances, work, or other issues. Generalized Anxiety Disorder can make it difficult to complete simple activities or to function.

Panic Attack Disorder

Panic Attack Disorder is a sudden, overwhelming fear and those who suffer from regular panic attacks usually are disabled by their fear. In some cases, these episodes can lead to other complications that manifest as phobias, depression, substance abuse and medical complications. The anxiety disorder might also include depression, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, or substance abuse.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is often associated with repetitive, ritualistic behaviors and routines that are thought to be ways to ease anxiety. These obsessions and compulsions are irrational but people who suffer from OCD feel powerless to stop them.

Some of the more common rituals associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder involve hand-washing, counting, and similar patterns. Often this situation involves persistent, unwelcome thoughts, feelings, or images. These can interfere with a person’s normal routine, schoolwork, job, family, or social activities. Several hours every day may be spent focusing on obsessive thoughts and performing seemingly senseless rituals.

Children can suffer from OCD as well. Unlike adults, however, children with OCD do not realize that their obsessions and compulsions are excessive.

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia is the fear of going into public places and affects people who have previously experience panic attacks. They anticipate another and so avoid public places where they feel immediate escape is impossible or difficult.

Agoraphobics sometimes develop a fixed route or territory and feel that it is unsafe to travel beyond those safety zones. They often suffer severe anxiety in public settings where there are large congregations of people.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder is a fear of criticism or of being scrutinized and judged by others during performances or social engagements. Also known as Social Phobia, those that suffer from this condition may avoid cultivating friendships or romantic relationships. In some cases, the onset of this condition begins as a teenager who is afraid of humiliation or embarrassment.
Anxiety counseling at Diebold Behavioral Counseling, i.e. D.J. Diebold, helps you to learn to control these run away feelings.

The Scottsdale counseling center will coordinate the psychological aspects of treatment with our consulting psychiatrist who can recommend and prescribe supportive medication until counseling brings these feelings under control. With professional guidance, understanding your fears and winning one small battle at a time can liberate you and allow you to relax and take control of your feelings.

Take a minute to contact Diebold Behavioral Counseling, i.e. D.J. Diebold for your specific anxiety counseling needs.

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