Anxiety

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What is anxiety disorder?

Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.

Feeling nervous or apprehensive is normal – even healthy at times. After all, that “fight or flight” feeling is what incentivizes you to prepare for a test or presentation, or makes your palms sweaty before a first date. But when anxiety runs deeper and feels unshakeable, it can potentially stand in the way of a healthy lifestyle.

When worrying becomes the go-to response to everyday situations, it becomes debilitating.  

Prevalence of anxiety disorder

Anxiety is very common in the United States. According to the ADAA, anxiety disorders are cumulatively the most common mental illnesses in the United States.

Additional stats on anxiety:  

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What are some symptoms of anxiety?

Symptoms of anxiety will vary, based on type. Here are some typical examples:  

Different types of anxiety disorders

Additionally, many mental health professionals consider the following anxiety disorders, and treat them as such:

What to do if you have anxiety

If you’re concerned that you’re experiencing levels of anxiety that are above normal, here are steps you can take to improve and alleviate symptoms:

What should I look for in a therapist for anxiety?

Look for a therapist who has a specialty in treating anxiety

Most therapists are equipped to treat anxiety, but their approaches differ. Use the links below to learn more about approaches, or ask the therapist on your initial call what a typical session for anxiety with them looks like.

Common approaches for treating anxiety include:

Know what questions you need to ask potential therapists

These questions may prove helpful when interviewing potential therapists:

Prioritize personal fit

While personality fit is a nuanced factor, it is critical to your success in therapy. Multiple studies have revealed the importance of this factor, often referred to as “therapeutic alliance.”

On your initial phone call with the therapist, ask yourself:

Additionally, consider these factors:

Consider cost, location, and scheduling

Therapy will only work if it works for you. Before making an appointment, ask yourself honestly:

Find therapists specializing in anxiety near you

Find therapists who treat anxiety on Zencare, below. Search by insurance, fees, and location; watch therapist introductory videos; and book free initial calls to find the right therapist for you!

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