NU WELLNESS PSYCHOLOGY
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder is when a person feels intense anxiety and fear in social gatherings around other people. Individuals fear being evaluated or judged by others and will worry about being shamed, rejected, humiliated or ridiculed by people. In severe cases, people develop antisocial habits and will try to avoid social interaction as much as possible. Most people just end up feeling uncomfortable at social gatherings but do not always avoid them.
Socially anxious individuals spend a great deal of time analyzing their interactions with people for any mistakes they may have made. This excessive amount of procrastination can cause a great deal of mental stress.
Anxiety is a difficult world to live in. Repetitive worries and ruminating thoughts take up a lot of mental energy. Anxious thoughts are often processed as real, and the body reacts as such. This can create stomach issues, headaches, muscle tension, tiredness, brain fog, and feelings of panic. Nu Psychology helps individuals to understand and learn unique coping methods. This involves addressing the cognitive realm of anxiety, as well as tools to regulate the symptoms that follow. At NU Psychology individuals are supported to recognize and modify this response, as well as the thoughts that coincide with it. This often leads to a reduction of symptoms which supports the goal of neurobiological rewiring. Once our brain learns it is safe, anxiety can subside.
We all experience a range of emotions including worry, stress, and anxeity. Feeling anxious in response to various circumstances is normal and at times helpful. For some individuals, anxiety can be an overwhelming emotion that causes ongoing stress and consumes a lot of mental energy. At NU Psychology, we offer therapy for adults experiencing excessive anxiety and stress. Some characteristics of anxiety can include procrastination, excessive fear, avoidance of social gatherings, restlessness, nervousness and difficulty in concentration. The stress brought on by anxiety can substantially affect an individual's mental and physical well-being.
Excessive worrying over situations beyond one's control can cause a great deal of mental discomfort. Anxiety disorders can also lead to muscle tension, fatigue, sweating, shakiness, numbness, and physical pain.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) involves persistent worrying about everyday concerns. GAD can also be accompanied by several physical issues such as tension, fatigue and stiffness, sleep issues and concentration issues. Individuals with GAD often describe themselves as over thinkers, have difficulty with uncertainty and decision making, and often experience general fatigue due to stress and worry.
A panic attack is a sudden surge of discomfort and intense fear that can cause physical issues. Panic disorder is when an individual suffers from recurring panic attacks. These can be unexpected and can drastically alter an individual's day-to-day life. Some individuals have panic attacks spontaneously with no trigger, and can develop panic about panic. It can be extremely helpful to put a panic plan into place. Panic attacks also may occur in the context of another psychological disorder such as PTSD. Common symptoms include excessive sweating, increased heart rate, dizziness, chest pain, fear of dying, loss of control, feeling detached from oneself and feeling unsafe.
A phobia is an intense fear of certain specific objects or interactions that are usually out of proportion with the actual dangers involved. People who have these types of phobias tend to avoid their triggers as much as possible. Phobias are long-lasting and can have an adverse effect on the quality of life. People can have a phobia of certain animals, situations such as being in enclosed places, loud noises and medical procedures involving blood.
Agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder where a person fears feeling trapped when visiting certain places or being a part of certain situations. They might feel helpless or embarrassed. Some people can have panic disorders along with agoraphobia which causes a fair amount of anxiety even if faced with seemingly normal situations. Some of the symptoms of agoraphobia include the fear of crowds, fear of leaving the house alone and fear of being in enclosed public spaces. People suffering from agoraphobia always seek a companion to help them through fearful situations and in most cases, they will completely avoid any situation that triggers their agoraphobia altogether.
TYPES OF ANXIETY DISORDERS
Anxiety is very treatable and generally responds well to therapeutic models such as CBT and ACT. Anxiety may be something an individual expereinces from time to time or can be a disorder that requires specialized treatment. At NU Psychology, we support individuals with anxiety and specific disorders related to anxeity.