Is Persistent Fear Or Worry Causing You To Spiral?
Have you struggled with the feeling that various parts of yourself are out of sync? Do you find it hard to concentrate or make decisions? Is a sense of restlessness or pervasive feeling of danger keeping you from being present?
Perhaps you experience a varying degree of fear in your daily life. It could be that both rational and irrational worries take the forefront of your mind and imagination, while sensations of relaxation, peace, and satisfaction have become increasingly rare. And if constant worry or a lack of control has taken a toll on your ability to maintain strong connections with others, it might be difficult for you to find and stay in lasting partnerships or friendships.
You may experience physical symptoms of anxiety, including restlessness or panic. In times of acute distress, you likely feel hypervigilant, clammy, and short of breath. Or perhaps your sleep has been adversely impacted by an inability to slow or mute your thoughts.
If you’ve recently experienced a loss, life transition, or upset in your daily routine, it’s possible that you feel uncertain about the future. Abrupt changes in life may have led to exacerbated fear and worry as you attempt to navigate strange and unfamiliar territory.
Anxiety is a natural response to life. And in therapeutic treatment, you can begin to understand the source and function of your anxiety so that it’s no longer creating unmanageable problems in your world.
Cultural Expectations To Overachieve Have Made Anxiety A Collective And Far-Reaching Issue
Anxiety is an entirely normal part of being human, as it teaches us what to be aware of and propels us forward. At the core of many fears is a motivation to succeed or tackle a challenge. Yet when we get stuck in a loop of fearful thinking that damages our perception of ourselves or the future, anxiety becomes something that no longer helps but hinders us instead.
Several cultural, familial, and systemic factors may contribute to the onset of symptoms or an anxiety disorder. Our country is becoming increasingly divided, our problems seemingly more urgent than ever, and the notions of rugged American individualism don’t value interpersonal connection or collective betterment. Thus, our “dog-eat-dog” and “fend for yourself” mentalities persevere.
But toxic individualism isn’t our only problem. The capitalist nature of our society has enabled a sense of competition among all of us, and thus, we have developed an unhealthy addiction to growth—especially financial growth—that negatively colors our experience of the world. There is a need to always be achieving more, creating a ceiling that can never actually be reached.
Yet despite all of the elements of society that seek to divide us, we are nevertheless wired for connection and harmony with one another. And therapy can show us how to use our relationships and connections with others to help make our lives feel more hopeful and harmonious, with less anxiety.
Therapeutic Treatment Can Help You To Navigate The Rabbit Hole Of Anxiety
If you’re struggling with anxiety, you probably don’t have many opportunities to sit with and make sense of your thoughts and fears. Yet in therapy, you have a chance to see your thoughts and fears reflected back in a way that can help you to better understand them.
Once you decide to commit to anxiety treatment with one of our clinicians, you will complete an intake with the clinician who is best suited to meet your needs. You and your therapist will work together to create a treatment plan that will aim to mitigate your symptoms while helping you to reestablish a connection with yourself and foster a deeper understanding of your fears.
Throughout the course of treatment, your therapist will help maintain a safe, empathic space where you can feel free to explore problematic thinking patterns and the unhealthy ways you have organized your life and made decisions based on anxiety. By diving into the uncharted waters of your central concerns, therapy gives you a chance to fully understand what is holding you back.
As you develop a stronger awareness of the current and historic factors that contribute to your anxiety, you will be better prepared to maneuver the terrain of your life’s fear and worry. Over time, you can begin to unravel such fears in a way that relieves symptoms and lessens anxiety’s sway over you.
As depth psychotherapists and clinicians, the foundation of anxiety treatment at Brown Therapy Center usually revolves around the analytic traditions of Freud, Klein, Jung, and Hillman (among others) that seek to uncover the mysteries of the subconscious. Yet we are nevertheless a unifying and integrative practice that may also use behavioral, somatic, and spiritual therapies to help our clients with the work of overcoming anxiety. Each client will receive individualized treatment for anxiety that will ultimately target the underlying cause of their distress.
You can learn to become a companion to yourself on the journey of understanding, facing, and dismantling your life’s biggest worries. And as you begin to foster a more self-accepting and compassionate relationship with yourself and your fears, you will have the opportunity to create stronger connections to others as you develop a more solid understanding of who you are and what you want out of life.
Therapy can help reduce the experiences that cause you to feel out of control. With our help, you can begin to imagine a life that has your feet firmly planted on the ground, instead of one surrounded by the rabbit hole of fear and worry.
Perhaps you’re ready to seek out therapy for anxiety, but you have some questions…
I am concerned about the time and financial investment of anxiety treatment.
If anxiety has been a persistent problem throughout your life, chances are that it has robbed you of precious time and valuable experiences. By investing in therapy, you are making an investment in yourself that is likely to have long-term positive effects, as opposed to continuing a life that is dictated by your anxiety, fear, and worry.
In addition, if cost remains a concern, we are more than happy to provide an invoice as an out-of-network provider if your insurance offers reimbursements for therapy services.
How often will I have to attend anxiety treatment?
During the initial consultation with your therapist, you can discuss your scheduling needs and preferences. We do recommend beginning therapy with a commitment to meet at least once a week. Depending on the severity of symptoms, however, we may recommend multiple weekly sessions at the outset of anxiety treatment.
When will I feel better?
Just as there is no one blanket treatment for anxiety, there is also no specific timeline either. Some of our clients are successful in understanding and managing their anxiety in a matter of months, whereas other clients may need a year or more. The ultimate goal is to get you to a place where you have gained meaningful self-awareness about your experience of anxiety as you reduce symptoms, and your therapist will consult with you regularly on your progress.
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