Stress & Anxiety
Stress and anxiety can take many forms, and as a result there are several different classifications of anxiety disorders, each with its own specialized treatment.
Stress- General feelings of emotional and physiological tension and discomfort. Stress is the body’s natural response to challenges and demands. While a healthy amount of stress can contribute to productivity and avoidance of danger, chronic stress has been shown to negatively affect everything from our overall emotional health, to physical health, such as our heart rate, blood pressure, digestive track, and immune functioning.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder- Persistent anxiety and worry about a number of events that are difficult to control, and lead to a generally elevated state of anxiety and stress much of the time. This can manifest as increased stress about work, relationships, money, and others' judgments.
Phobias- An excessive and irrational fear of specific things or places, triggering intense distress when in contact with the feared object. Examples: heights, public speaking
Social Anxiety- Excessive anxiety and stress about negative evaluations from others. This can be a fear of public speaking, anxiety and discomfort in casual conversations or at social functions, or a general fear that others might be looking at you.
Panic Attacks: Sometimes referred to as anxiety attacks, are responses to anxiety that may include rapid heart rate, sweating, dizziness, hyperventilation, and feelings of losing control, among others. While certainly distressing, panic attacks themselves are not harmful; however, people often develop excessive fears about panic symptoms , which can lead to problems such as avoidance of important responsibilities, anxiety about leaving the house, and increased panic attacks.