Overcoming Anxiety

Anxiety is multifaceted and can range from chronic worry, social fears, to panic attacks. Anxiety is a common emotional complaint, however, prolonged anxiety problems can disrupt your work, personal relationships, and sleep. When anxiety reaches the level of panic, it can be debilitating. Fortunately, anxiety is quite treatable, and cognitive therapy for anxiety is one of the methods with considerable research support and success.

Symptoms

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by six months or more of chronic, exaggerated worry and tension that is unfounded or much more severe than the normal anxiety most people experience. People with this disorder usually:

  • Expect the worst
  • Worry excessively about money, health, family or work, when there are no signs of trouble
  • Are unable to relax
  • Are irritable Suffer from insomnia
  • Have physical symptoms, such as fatigue, trembling, muscle tension, headaches, irritability or hot flashes

How Cognitive Therapy Can Help

  • Increase your ability to cope with anxiety provoking situations
  • Help you learn to relax
  • Increase your level of confidence
  • Overcome panic attacks
  • Stop obsessing over situations
  • Face your fears and allow yourself to live the life you want

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