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Anxiety Disorders are vast and effect more than 1 in 5 Americans. Anxiety Disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive, Panic, Specific Fears, and Generalized Anxiety can often be debilitating; however, they are manageable. Despite the prevalence of anxiety disorders, concurrent depression and other related stresses, it is still not talked about openly and many still struggle to manage their discomfort alone. Therapy is a tool to help anyone move towards the life they desire vs. avoiding the discomfort in order to face your anxiety and live a meaningful life.
I am a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) through the Ineptitude of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals.
As humans, we do not like pain and its a built in primitive survival mechanism to avoid pain, seek pleasure and survive. As such, this primitive brain continues to promote avoidance of painful emotions and engage in avoidance behaviors such as use of substances, food and others behaviors to manage or avoid daily stresses. Despite their immediate effectiveness, over the long term they often become debilitating and reinforce avoidance and maintain distress. In therapy you can work towards realistically and effectively facing your distress, managing your responses to your emotional voice, as well as other factors that often cause barriers in you being the person you want to be and living the life you want to live.