Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Has Worry & Anxiety Taken Control of Your Life? Constantly nervous, or feel on edge? Do you wish you could quiet your mind and find peace?

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Has Worry & Anxiety Taken Control of Your Life?

  • Does excessive worrying make it difficult for you to focus and stay present with friends and family members?
  • Are you constantly nervous, feeling anxious, under stress or feel on edge?
  • Do you suffer from muscle tension, soreness or fatigue due to stress?
  • Do you wonder if your thoughts and feelings are magnified and blown out of proportion?
  • Are you so focused on the future that you cannot enjoy the present moment?
  • Do you have difficulty concentrating? Do you struggle with brain fog?
  • Do you wish you could quiet your mind and find peace?

Everyone struggles with elevated stress and worries sometimes. However, for some people, those worries are a regular occurrence and not tied to worry about a specific stressor. If you find yourself worrying about a number of different things, it could indicate generalized anxiety disorder.

 

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Take Back Control of Your Life With
Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Give us a call at 832-559-2622 to find out more about Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment in Houston. Or click "Get Started Now" to schedule an appointment online with our Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) counselors today. We have therapists near the Montrose, Heights & Sugar Land neighborhoods and offer online therapy in multiple states.

Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms (GAD)

Generalized anxiety disorder involves excessive worry about a number of things. Generalized anxiety can impact all aspects of your life.

You might find that uncomfortable, looping thoughts and feelings keep you from focusing and staying present. Perhaps reasonable worries become magnified in your mind, or maybe what might be an appropriate reaction in the moment continues to cause you stress long after the threat has passed. For instance, you may worry about your child crossing the street well after he or she has crossed safely.

Symptoms of GAD can be debilitating, causing you to worry most of the day, most days.

People with GAD often have physical symptoms such as stomachaches, headaches, muscle tension, TMJ, neck and back soreness, tension, irritability and jumpiness. Other physical health conditions may develop as a result such as back pain or gastrointestinal issues. 

You may feel alone, like you are the only person who worries this way. But, GAD is very common, GAD affects more than 6.8 million U.S. adults each year.* It is also very treatable.

 

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Therapy for Anxiety & Worry Can Help You Quiet Your Mind and Focus on the Present

There is often a genetic component to GAD. Noticing similar symptoms in family members is a risk factor. In fact, you may even have become accustomed to worry as a way of life and not realize that things could be different.

GAD can also be triggered by high-stress situations or bad experiences, and if you have found yourself suddenly overcome with worry, you may think, “I never used to be like this.”

Constant worrying and living with anxiety can prevent you from doing what you need to do. It may be difficult to concentrate because you are constantly preoccupied. You may find that your mind is always moving, but that incessant worry takes the place of useful thinking. You may struggle at work due to concentration difficulties.

In relationships, you may find that you have a hard time staying present. You may find that when worry pushes you into the future, it poisons the present moment. If all this sounds familiar, rest assured—there is hope.

With generalized anxiety disorder treatment, you can learn to manage signs and symptoms of generalized anxiety. And even free yourself from anxiety and enjoy your life again.

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Therapy for Anxiety & Worry Can Help You Quiet Your Mind and Focus on the Present

The anxiety therapists at Eddins Counseling Group can help you better understand the impact of your anxiety. Treating generalized anxiety disorder can involve different steps depending on your symptoms.

Using tried and true calming techniques, mindfulness skills, and coping strategies, we can teach you how to effectively respond to the uncomfortable thoughts, feeling and body sensations that characterize anxiety. Treatments for generalized anxiety such as supportive, interpersonal, cognitive behavioral therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy are commonly used.

Rather than experiencing situations as threatening, you can learn to see them more realistically and respond with confidence, rather than fear.

Because GAD is often accompanied by physical symptoms, from tension to shortness of breath, we may teach you physical coping strategies as part of your treatment for GAD. Behavioral skills and relaxation techniques can also help to reduce symptoms and help return you to the present moment.

Practicing these skills in therapy sessions makes it easier to implement them in everyday life. Instead of getting hooked by anxious thoughts, you can learn how to unhook yourself and watch the worries pass by without engaging them.

Other Generalized Anxiety Treatment Considerations

People living with GAD can also experience related symptoms such as depression.  Or related disorders or anxiety conditions such as panic disorder, anxiety attacks, or substance use.

Sometimes, generalized anxiety can function as a distraction from an underlying emotion. As we begin to explore the roots of your anxiety, other issues may emerge. If that’s the case, your therapist can gently and compassionately help you address underlying concerns, from depression to problems in childhood.

Other treatment options for generalized anxiety include medication, which can result in reduced depression and anxiety symptoms.

Our anxiety disorder treatment plans are personalized, and we will work with you as an individual, responding to your specific needs and concerns.

With generalized anxiety disorder treatment, you can calm your anxious thoughts and stay present with yourself and your loved ones. It is possible to live a life that isn’t controlled by fear and worry. When you learn to relax into the present moment, you can find joy in your life and discover the balanced energy necessary to pursue your goals, strengthen your relationships and appreciate life.

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Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) FAQ's

Part of anxiety is the feeling that it will never stop, that this is just the way things are and there is no possibility of change.

Fortunately, GAD is treatable, and treatment of generalized anxiety disorder in adults frequently leads to significant reduction in worry, as well as promotes a sense of well-being and increased confidence.

In therapy sessions, you can learn skills for handling anxiety when it does arise. Armed with tools and strategies for responding to anxiety symptoms, you can handle the challenges that your mind (and the world) throws at you. Having the ability to cope with worry and stress creates a positive feedback loop—when you’re not worried about worrying, you are free to focus on living a life that is productive, joyful, and peaceful. 

For many people, a combination of medication such as antianxiety medication or antidepressants and talk therapy is the most helpful in reducing symptoms. While we do not prescribe medication to treat anxiety, we can provide a referral to a psychiatrist or your primary care physician who can discuss the types of medication helpful for generalized anxiety symptoms. 

Alternative treatments for anxiety such as relaxation techniques, yoga, mindfulness, exercise, massage and other techniques to reduce tension can also be helpful. Management of generalized anxiety symptoms involves mental, physical and emotional strategies. 

After a period of time, you may notice other improvements such as staying asleep through the night and waking up rested, which can have a profound impact on your daily life. 

Your friends and family have a hard time understanding your GAD. They may minimize your symptoms of anxiety, not understanding that the anxiety you struggle with is different than the everyday worry that most people experience. Perhaps you even downplay your symptoms yourself, trying to power through your day. And, if family members also struggle with untreated anxiety, your experience may seem normal to you.

All of this can make it seem unnecessary to seek help. But help is available, and there is no need to suffer alone. Our therapists can help you better understand the effects GAD has had on your mental health, life and work with you on ways to feel and function better. You deserve a life that’s not limited by anxiety, and treatment for GAD can help you achieve that.

Your therapist can provide you with skills to treat GAD and anxiety that you can put into practice immediately. You can take what you learn in therapy with you out into the world to cope better with your daily life. In addition to teaching coping skills, stress management and exploring emotional issues, your therapist can help you look at all the factors in your life that may be contributing to your anxiety.

For instance, many people who are prone to symptoms of generalized anxiety often have lifestyle habits that exacerbate their GAD. Your therapist may talk with you about lifestyle changes you can make, such as cutting back on caffeine, which can reduce anxiety symptoms. Therapy for anxiety is a small investment in time that can transform your life.

Get Help for Generalized Anxiety & Worry

People with anxiety, worry and fear find that once generalized anxiety disorder is treated work, relationships, social situations and decision making become less overwhelming. 

Learn skills to cope with your anxiety. Give us a call at 832-559-2622 or schedule an appointment online. You can also contact us to find out more about anxiety disorder treatment in Houston.

*Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America

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What Clients Are Saying

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I am doing so much better now, which I owe largely to you. It was immensely helpful for me to meet with you and talk about/understand my feelings and what was going on. Also, your advice on coping strategies was so helpful in reducing my anxiety and getting me through the transition back to school. Since I've started at school, I haven't really had any issues with anxiety, but I do feel like I have such a better handle on how to deal with it now should it crop up again.

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