Anxiety

Gordon Psychology Group

Intensive Outpatient Program & Partial Hospitalization Center located in Laguna Hills, CA

Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States, with some 40 million sufferers, yet it’s also one of the most isolating. At Gordon Psychology Group, the expert team of mental health specialists led by Dr. William Gordon understands how debilitating anxiety can be. They provide the tools necessary to help patients plug back into their lives. If you’re in the Laguna Hills, California, area, call the office for help.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety?

Everyone feels anxious from time to time, which is perfectly natural. When anxiety rules your existence, however, creating mental and physical symptoms as well as problems with how you function in the world around you, it goes far beyond a fleeting moment of discomfort.

 

What are the different types of anxiety?

There are several different types of anxiety, including:

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

As the name implies, GAD is an overriding and pervasive condition in which you feel excessive anxiety, worry, or fear. If you’ve felt this way for more than six months, it’s classified as GAD. In addition to a sense of constant dread, you may also experience:

  • Restlessness
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Sleep issues
  • Inability to concentrate

As you can see by this list of symptoms, GAD can affect your life in innumerable and significant ways.

Panic disorder

If your anxiety comes in acute attacks that manifest into a panicked state, this is classified as a panic disorder. Panic attacks are intense episodes that lead to mental and physical symptoms, such as:

  • Racing heart rate and heart palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of control

The problem with panic disorders is that people often live in fear of them, creating a vicious cycle of additional anxiety outside of the attacks. 

Phobias

If you have an intense or irrational fear of something, this is typically labeled as a phobia. The most common phobias include things like flying, heights, spiders, or blood.

Social anxiety disorder

This affects how you feel when you’re in social situations. People with this disorder often feel that people are judging them negatively.

Anxiety takes on many different forms, but these are the most common manifestations.

 

How is anxiety treated?

Dr. Gordon and his team have extensive experience treating patients with every type of anxiety disorder. No matter what form it takes, the goal at Gordon Psychology Group is to show you how to gain control over your life by addressing the underlying conditions that may be causing your anxiety.

To stop the cycle of anxiety, the practice offers compassionate cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavior therapies. With these tools, they help you develop self-control, as well as self-respect, allowing you to function better in every aspect of your life. With more dire circumstances or comorbid mental health issues, the practice offers a partial hospitalization program or an intensive outpatient program for comprehensive treatment and care.

To gain the upper hand on your anxiety, call Gordon Psychology Group or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.