What is An Anxiety Disorder?

An anxiety disorder can manifest in many different forms and can affect a person’s day to day life. Anxiety is uncontrolled and persistent worry and fear of everyday life and situations. Some examples of what an anxiety disorder may look like include:

  • A person is hypervigilant of their surroundings.
  • A person whose heart rate races on a regular basis.
  • A person who has unwanted or racing thoughts.
  • A person who shakes, sweats or experiences tingling hands a lot.
  • A person who feels doom or unrealistic feelings of danger.
  • A person who has trouble sleeping.

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Not all anxiety disorders are outwardly shown. Those who have anxiety disorders can appear as if nothing is wrong while dealing with the anxiety internally. If one or more of these describe you and you are wondering if you might have an anxiety disorder it’s important to reach out to a mental health expert for help. Thriving Center of Psychology offers a Therapist Matchmaker Survey that gives you the chance to be linked with a therapist that will understand your needs and make you feel comfortable so they can be able to effectively help you.

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How Do I Know If I Have An Anxiety Disorder?

Knowing if you have an Anxiety Disorder may not always be so easy to tell. Symptoms of anxiety disorders may come and go in everyday life and be easily dealt with. On the other hand, they may be continuous and cause stress that influences how you act and interact with others. Living life with anxiety doesn’t have to be consuming. You can work through your concerns so the opportunities of life that are presented to you can be taken and you can live your life to the fullest.

Anxiety is a normal emotion, however, the way we react to it may not always be healthy. You don’t have to be swallowed up in your uneasiness. If you feel like you are starting to avoid things in your life that matter due to the feeling of anxiety, there is help for you at the Thriving Center of Psychology. If you find yourself suffering from one, some, or all of the symptoms of an anxiety disorder, take our Therapist Matchmaker Survey to get the help you need from an experienced anxiety therapist to help you learn how to work with your anxiety and find solace in your mental health. 

Are There Different Kinds of Anxiety?

There are many types of anxiety disorders, including: 

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) 
  • Panic disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder or social phobia 

The most common type of anxiety is generalized anxiety disorder. Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include: 

  • Chronic anxiety, worry, and tension
  • Having sleep problems 
  • Feeling on-edge 
  • Having headaches and difficulty concentrating

Is Anxiety a Mental Illness? 

Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental disorders. While everyone will feel anxiety at some point in life, anxiety disorders are a type of mental health condition that can interfere with your ability to function. It’s important to know that anxiety disorders are treatable, and there is a range of effective treatments available. 

If you’re looking for anxiety disorder treatment in NYC or would prefer an online appointment, Thriving Center of Psychology can connect you with an anxiety therapist to support your treatment.

How Is Anxiety Treated?

It’s important when looking for an anxiety therapist, that the treatments used are backed by science. Anxiety will be treated as you and your therapist see fit for your situation and unique challenges. There are many evidence-based treatments but some of the most common include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: CBT helps you challenge negative beliefs and identify irrational patterns of thinking. 

Acceptance Commitment Therapy: ACT is a therapy rooted in values and helps you become aware of your behaviors and live life relative to what you actually care about. ACT also helps you stay attentive to your thoughts and accept them without judgment.

Mindfulness: Mindfulness is a technique that allows you to understand and process your feelings and emotions.

Medication Management: Medication is used to slow down the nervous system and help you relax physically and mentally.

What Is The Best Therapy For Generalized Anxiety? 

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly used to treat generalized anxiety disorder. It’s a type of talking therapy that has been demonstrated to be effective in treating anxiety. Essentially, CBT challenges negative thinking and teaches you certain skills to manage your anxiety. CBT helps to improve symptoms of anxiety and reduce avoidance behavior. 

How Much Does Therapy Cost?

The cost of therapy at Thriving Center of Psychology ranges between $150 to $400 per session. The exact cost per session depends on the therapist’s credentials, level of education, and expertise. On average, the price of an individual session in most major cities is between $250 and $275. While our services are out-of-network for all insurance companies, if you have a PPO or Out-of-Network insurance plan, then you may be reimbursed some of the costs. 

What Type Of Therapist Is Best For Anxiety? 

There’s a range of mental health professionals that can treat anxiety disorders, including: 

  • Psychologists 
  • Licenced Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Mental Health Counselors 

When searching for anxiety therapy in NYC, or any city for that matter, look for an individual who is an expert in anxiety treatment and working with people who have anxiety. Depending on your needs and goals, an anxiety therapist will utilize a range of evidence-based approaches and techniques to help you manage your anxiety and give you the tools you need to move forward. The best type of therapist or therapy for anxiety is dependent on you and your needs, so it’s important to tailor anxiety treatment around the individual. 

How Do I Start Treatment For Anxiety?

If you’re feeling overly anxious or worried, it may be time to speak with a mental health professional. The first step is finding a therapist who is a good match for you and specializes in treating anxiety disorders. For anxiety treatment in NYC, online or in-person near you, that typically means finding a therapist who is experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy and, in most cases, exposure therapy. 

At Thriving Center of Psychology, we know that the process of finding a therapist can feel daunting. We can match you to the most suitable therapist by asking a few questions and gaining a better understanding of your situation. Once you find a therapist that you feel is right for you, the next step is to trust them and the process. Treating anxiety involves facing your fears and doing things that may provoke your anxiety, but your therapist is there to create a safe space and help you manage your anxiety over time.

How Do You Find An Anxiety Therapist Near Me?

If you find yourself on the internet searching terms such as “anxiety therapist near me” and being overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Thriving Center has psychologists and anxiety specialists in NYC, LA, Miami, and all around the country who are experts in helping people work with their anxiety using only the most up-to-date evidence-based therapeutic interventions. Take our short Matchmaker Survey to find the psychologist or anxiety therapist who is the best fit for your life or feel free to browse our anxiety therapists by city:

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