Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the United States and affect 40 million adults each year.  Research has shown that one in 8 children suffer from an anxiety disorder, and anxiety problems typically begin early in life.  It's usually hard to pinpoint the exact cause of an anxiety disorder, but it is believed to usually be a combination of several factors that contribute to the formation of significant anxiety symptoms including:  genetics, brain chemistry, early life and family of origin experiences and personality.

The most common anxiety disorders are:

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Social Anxiety Disorder

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Panic Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Agoraphobia

 

Anxiety that isn't diagnosed and treated can worsen over time and lead to additional mental health problems including: depression, substance abuse, alcoholism, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, body image disorders, impulse control and anger management disorders and ADHD.  Anxiety disorders can also co-exist with many other sorts of medical conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches and sleep disorders.   

 

Many individuals who suffer from significant anxiety symptoms do not seek out or participate in treatment even when their anxiety plagues them or is the culprit to failed relationships and other sorts of hardships repeatedly. Fortunately, anxiety is highly treatable and can be managed in such a way that alleviates additional stresses from losses caused by anxiety.

 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is considered to be the most effective therapy for the anxiety disorders.  CBT directly addresses an individual’s thought patterns and behaviors in correcting one’s anxiety laden troubled feelings and emotions.  Numerous research studies have repeatedly shown significant anxiety symptom reduction and a return to wellbeing and happiness for those who participate in CBT.    

 

Medication is also considered to be a very effective treatment for the anxiety disorders with numerous impressive research studies supporting its use.  Many doctors and clinicians believe that a combination of CBT and medication can bring about the most meaningful and lasting changes for those suffering from significant anxiety. 

 

Dr. Walston can assess and treat individuals with anxiety disorders.  Each individual’s anxiety story is unique and treatment planning is carefully developed based on an individual's background.