Anxiety disorders are incredibly common on Long Island and across the country. Anxiety causes a great deal of suffering in various forms. It shows up in a number of different disorders including separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social phobia, panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trichotillomania, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While some of these are no longer listed under the category of anxiety disorder, they often involve high levels of anxiety. For instance, OCD now has its own category of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, but if you have OCD, you most likely are experiencing very high levels of anxiety.
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Anxiety problems can show up differently in different people, or even at different times. Here is what to look for:
While there are many people afflicted with various anxiety disorders, there is help. Frankly, there are many mental health issues that psychologists and therapists can’t treat very well. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are often very responsive to some scientifically supported treatments. That doesn’t mean every kind of therapy or treatment works for anxiety disorders or that everyone suffering with an anxiety disorder will get better with therapy. But, there is overwhelming evidence that most people who participate in the full course of a scientifically supported treatment will experience significant reductions in their anxiety and will be able to function much better in their daily lives.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a term that includes a number of different therapies. For anxiety disorders, different kinds of CBT and Behavior Therapy (BT) have been shown to be effective for different kinds of anxiety. So someone with panic disorder and OCD will both receive CBT or BT, it will look a little different, even though there will be common elements.
What is important is that you are carefully assessed to be sure your cognitive behavior therapist really understands you and your symptoms. And it is critical that the CBT therapist is well trained in the right kind of cognitive behavior therapy that you need, and doesn’t simply say they do CBT.
If you live on Long Island and believe you are suffering with anxiety, please give us a call. We will be happy to meet with you in our Rockville Centre office to see what kind of anxiety you are experiencing and we can start immediately, to help you to feel better. Please call us at 646-260-0703 (Click to call in mobile)