Anxiety counseling and therapy are the most common treatments sought by patients in private psychotherapy practices in Massachusetts.

One of the most frequent reasons people seek treatment is anxiety counseling. The last two decades have actually been referred to as the ‘Age of Anxiety’. It is difficult to understand all of the factors behind the growth of anxiety disorders but they certainly include social, familial and psychological stressors.

While these factors play a significant role in anxiety disorders we must not forget the role of biology. Many people are simply born at risk for the development of an anxiety disorder, which is also strongly believed to have a neurochemical basis related to the brain’s neurotransmitters. This is why we will often find that more than one member of a family has a diagnosable condition severe enough to require anxiety counseling.

Anxiety Counseling in MA

Anxiety Counseling for All Conditions

There are a number of different conditions that fall under the heading of anxiety. Each has its own unique traits and symptoms. They include:

  • Separation anxiety (usually childhood onset)
  • Selective mutism (usually childhood onset)
  • Panic disorder without agoraphobia
  • Panic disorder with agoraphobia
  • Specific phobias (e.g., public speaking, closed spaces, snakes or spiders, etc.)
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Anxiety disorders due to medical conditions or substance abuse

In spite of their unique features (age of onset, triggers, behavioral responses) what they all have in common are:

  • Feelings of dread in certain circumstances or in anticipation of those circumstances
  • Physical symptoms of anxiety—varying in severity these include racing heartbeats, sweating, dry mouth, hyperventilation, derealization, “rubber legs”, lightheadedness, etc.
  • Cognitive symptoms of anxiety—a fear of dying, losing control, humiliation, fear of losing one’s mind, hyper-vigilance, catastrophizing, “what-if” thinking, emotional reasoning, etc.
  • Behavioral symptoms of anxiety—ritualization, excessive efforts to control the “threatening” environment or circumstance, patterns of avoidance, the use of amulets and other superstitious behavior, etc.

MA Counseling Options

Anxiety can be mildly or completely disabling. However, the good news is that relief is available through anxiety counseling. Research has demonstrated that most patients will experience some degree of relief from treatment, some to the point of being symptom-free. The treatment generally recommended is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is described elsewhere in this web site, and at times is accompanied by medication. Call for an evaluation to reclaim as much of your life as quickly as possible.

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