Do You Suffer from Anxiety, Worry or Fear?

If you are experiencing anxiety, including worry or fear, you are not alone.  Anxiety is one of the most common problems in America. More than 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety including millions in California and thousands right here in Orange County. Anxiety comes in a variety of forms, like generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder. While everyone experiences some anxiety at times, anxiety disorders are different. They often result in such distress that it interferes with our ability to lead a normal life. Unfortunately, many of the ways we try to deal with our anxiety actually makes it worse. I am an expert in helping to alleviate anxiety, enabling you to get on with your life and start living more fully.

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“Human beings by changing the inner

attitudes of their minds, can change

the outer aspects of their lives.”

~Jack Kornfeld

As an experienced therapist I have provided anxiety counseling for many types of anxiety to people in Newport Beach and throughout Orange County, CA and have an anxiety treatment program that is highly effective. Below is a brief description of some of the most common forms of anxiety I treat.

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety involves intense worry and self-consciousness in social situations with a fear of being negatively judged by others or behaving in a way that might cause embarrassment. This kind of anxiety can cause a person to avoid dating, speaking in front of groups, socializing with others, etc. resulting in the person missing out on important life experiences.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

People with this condition often describe themselves as “a worrier” and experience excessive anxiety and worry which can occur even if there is little or nothing to provoke the anxiety and worry. They often experience insomnia, intense worry, obsessive thoughts, muscle tension, fatigue, feel “keyed up”, have trouble relaxing and feel nervous.

Panic Disorder

The hallmark of panic disorder is sudden attacks of fear (panic attacks) that often happen without warning or cause. Other symptoms of a panic attack include sweating, chest pain, palpitations (irregular heartbeats), and a feeling of choking, which may make the person feel like he or she is having a heart attack or “going crazy.” People with panic disorder may find themselves avoiding certain situations that they fear will cause a panic attack.

Phobias

Phobia is an intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as riding in a car, heights, or flying. The level of fear is usually inappropriate to the situation and may cause the person to avoid common, everyday situations.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

People with OCD are plagued by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness, apprehension, fear, or worry; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the associated anxiety; or by a combination of such obsessions and compulsions.

Anxiety can often lead to depression or even mask existing depression. I will determine if you need depression treatment as well as anxiety treatment to best address your symptoms. Anxiety can also put a strain on your intimate relationship and if this is the case, you and your spouse or partner may also benefit from couples counseling.