Anxiety Treatments in Saint Louis, MO

Do you worry your life away? Does your anxiety control you? Do you live in fear of when your next panic attack will strike? Are decisions and tasks, that seem easy for many, a source of anxiety for you? Is your child suffering from anxiety, scared of failure, separation?

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You are not alone.

According to the www.aada.org, anxiety disorders are the number one most prevalent mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders respond well to therapy, yet only a small percentage of those suffering receive treatment.

If you could just get out from under your anxiety, imagine what you could do; what you could enjoy. Good news. Anxiety is treatable and responds well to therapy. More, it responds better the early you can address it. So start now. We can help you get to where you want to be. Anxious about the appointment? Connect with our St. Louis therapists from the comfort of your own home. On the fence?  Our chairs are comfy and our therapists are not only experts but friendly. 

Our anxiety treatments are as varied as our client’s anxiety and are tailored to you. Our evidence-based approaches include: Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Grounding, Mindfulness, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and EMDR to name a few. We have helped hundreds of people overcome their anxiety to live (and sleep!) better. Our St. Louis based anxiety therapists know anxiety and can help you find the techniques that WILL work for you. 

There are many types of anxiety disorders that our St. Louis based therapists can help with:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

People who suffer from Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) display anxiety and worry most of the time daily for at least 6 months.  What they are anxious about may evolve and change, but often centers around personal health, social and work interactions, and daily life routines.  The fear and anxiety they experience affects virtually all aspects of their life including relationships and work/school. 

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
  • Being irritable
  • Having muscle tension
  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
  • Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep*

 

Woman hyperventilating into a bag on an airplane

Phobia-Related Disorders

phobia is a fear of—or intense aversion to—specific things (e.g. spiders) or situations (e.g. heights). The fear evoked by these things or situations are disproportionate to the actual danger that is posed by the object or situation. 

People with a phobia:

  • May have an irrational or excessive worry about encountering the feared object or situation
  • Take active steps to avoid the feared object or situation
  • Experience immediate intense anxiety upon encountering the feared object or situation
  • Endure unavoidable objects and situations with intense anxiety

Social Anxiety Disorder

People with social anxiety disorder are anxious and fearful of social situations.  People with this disorder often avoid social situations including work or school. Individual therapy can help those suffer from this disorder.  

At Open Arms Wellness, our St. Louis therapists specialize in helping people with anxiety and anxiety disorders. Our anxiety treatments are varied and highly tailored to the individual but include techniques such as mindfulness, EMDR, grounding and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy along with other treatment plans unique to the individual. 

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References:
https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml
https://www.aada.org

Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder have recurrent unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense fear that come on quickly and reach their peak within minutes. Attacks can occur unexpectedly or can be brought on by a trigger, such as a feared object or situation. Additionally, People with panic disorder often feel anxiety about when the next attack will happen and spend time and effort attempting to  prevent future attacks by avoiding situations or behaviors they believe will lead to a panic attack. 

During a panic attack, people may experience:

  • Heart palpitations, a pounding heartbeat, or an accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sensations of shortness of breath, smothering, or choking
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Feelings of being out of control

Phobia-Related Disorders

phobia is a fear of—or intense aversion to—specific things (e.g. spiders) or situations (e.g. heights). The fear evoked by these things or situations are disproportionate to the actual danger that is posed by the object or situation. 

People with a phobia:

  • May have an irrational or excessive worry about encountering the feared object or situation
  • Take active steps to avoid the feared object or situation
  • Experience immediate intense anxiety upon encountering the feared object or situation
  • Endure unavoidable objects and situations with intense anxiety