Anxiety & Panic Disorders
Anxiety is one of the most common public health problems we are seeing in medicine today. In fact, it is the most common concern we treat at The Banyan Tree. We are finding that the number of individuals suffering from anxiety is actually at epidemic levels in the United States.
According to the National Institutes of Health, anxiety affects 40 million American adults in a given year. A large national survey reported that about 8 percent of teens ages 13-18 have an anxiety issue with symptoms commonly emerging around 6 years of age, which tells us that some of our clients have been suffering for a long time.
The clients we have worked with who suffer from anxiety conditions commonly report a variety of emotional and physical symptoms, including feelings of being stirred up, anxious, nervous or overwhelmed. We often hear that they feel uncomfortable in their own skin. Plagued by feelings of panic, fear and self-doubt, they suffer physical feelings of anxiety as well, such as muscle tension, nail biting, skin picking, headaches, stomachaches, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and fatigue. It’s as if they have a high sensitivity to everything and an overabundance of tension and emotion.
The symptoms may be constant or may come in unexpected waves. Irrational fears or phobias may also be a burden. People with anxiety issues tend to avoid anything that makes them anxious or uncomfortable, such as places or people that might trigger panic attacks or interpersonal conflict. Clients with anxiety tend to predict the worst and fear the future. It is also extremely common for individuals who have an anxiety disorder to experience depression and or substance abuse problems. The good news is that anxiety is very treatable and relief is possible.
Our clinicians are well trained and experienced in treating anxiety and are armed with a variety of treatment options to address your specific concerns.If you feel that you are struggling with anxiety please contact us today. We have proven techniques to set your mind at ease and get you back to a feeling of self-confidence and overall well-being.