Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety Disorders can present with a variety of symptoms such as feeling nervous, having a sense you are in danger, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, shaking, feeling physically weak, fatigue, trouble focusing, trouble problem solving, sleep issues, gastrointestinal issues, inability to stop worrying, feeling inadequate, incessant worry about being judged or rejected, avoiding things that trigger anxiety.

Anxiety is a natural and at times helpful emotion for many people. However, if anxiety has prevented you from enjoying your life, then you will benefit from professional treatment for anxiety.

Is it hard for you to control symptoms of anxiety such as: excessive worry, racing thoughts, thinking of everything that can possibly go wrong, thinking “I cannon handle this!” and having negative self-talk?

Do you procrastinate or avoid doing things to escape feeling anxious?

Does anxiety stop you from doing things you would enjoy if only you did not feel so anxious?

Do you struggle to function at work, school, in relationships and in daily life due to symptoms of anxiety?

You do not have to continue suffering.

Anxiety disorders can be treated.

Reach out today and learn how Esteem Therapy can help.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder presents with persistent and excessive symptoms of intense anxiety or worry about many things, even familiar and ordinary activities. Individuals with generalized anxiety have difficulty controlling or stopping their worry. This worry is not rational (out of proportion with the real situation) and can lead to physical health issues.


Agoraphobia presents with intense and often debilitating fear leading to avoiding places or situations that may result in panic, feeling trapped, helpless and embarrassed. Many people who have agoraphobia suffer from panic attacks; leaving the house makes them extremely worried. The root of almost all cases of agoraphobia is the fear of having a panic attack in public. Many people with agoraphobia do not feel safe in places where there are usually crowds.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder presents with repeated sudden and intense feelings of anxiety, fear and sometimes terror that peak within minutes. Individuals experiencing a panic attack report: feeling impending doom, fear of losing control, rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, shaking, shortness of breath, tightness in their throat, chills, hot flashes, nausea, abdominal pain, having a headache, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, numbness or tingling sensation, feeling of unreality and or feeling detached. Panic attacks often cause ongoing intense fear that they will occur again and again resulting in avoiding places or situations the panic has occurred. Panic attacks can occur without warning.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety presents with intense fear of being judged harshly by others. Individuals with social anxiety experience high levels of anxiety in social settings. They often avoid social situations due to negative and irrational self-talk, embarrassment, insecurities and not feeling good enough or feeling inferior to others.

What helps when feeling anxious?

  • Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques.

  • Eat healthily. Do not miss meals. Enjoy healthy, energy-boosting snacks. 

  • Limit alcohol and caffeine. Both intensify anxiety and can trigger a panic attack.

  • Get enough sleep. Additional sleep is required when under a lot of stress. 

  • Exercise daily. Promotes good feelings and health.  

  • Practice paced and deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.

  • Count to 10 slowly. Repeat: count to 20 if needed. 

  • Do your best. Do not aim for perfection. Perfection is NOT possible.  

  • Accept that you cannot control everything. This is good news.

  • Welcome humor. Laughter is healing.

  • Maintain a positive attitude. Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts.

  • Get involved. Volunteer or be active in your community; create a support network. 

  • Learn what triggers your anxiety. Look for a pattern. 

  • Talk to someone. Let others know how they can help. Talk to a professional.