Find a Therapist
Share this Blog
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Stage One
Alcohol and Drug Addiction- Stage One During the initial stage of addiction the addicts' character is permanently altered. T...
So just when you thought you had the whole parenting thing down, you blink and your child is now a tweenager/teenager (cue ho...
Parenting is Climate Control
Parenting is Climate Control Blog posted September 21, 2013 Summer is almost over and the school year has already begun. Mos...
HOLIDAYS AND SEX, DRUGS AND ROCK & ROLL
The holidays are upon us, and so is drinking, drugging, and acting crazy. Dinner at Aunt Edna’s where she talks non-sto...
Raising Natural Born Killers? Sheen Twin's Violent Behavior Due to Mom's Abuse of Drugs and Alcohol
Los Angeles, Nov 12 (IANS) Socialite Brooke Mueller has agreed to have her twins Bob and Max tested for "fetal alcohol and dr...
- August 2011
- September 2011
- October 2011
- November 2011
- December 2011
- January 2012
- February 2012
- March 2012
- April 2012
- May 2012
- June 2012
- July 2012
- August 2012
- September 2012
- October 2012
- November 2012
- December 2012
- January 2013
- February 2013
- March 2013
- April 2013
- May 2013
- June 2013
- July 2013
- August 2013
- September 2013
- October 2013
- November 2013
- December 2013
Anxiety and Its Treatment in a Nutshell
If you have found this page then you probably are interested in knowing more about anxiety, social anxiety or shyness, stress, worry, and related problems or disorders, what they are & how to get over them. You are in the right place! I am aSanta Rosabased psychologist and psychotherapist who was formally the head of the Anxiety Disorder Best Practices for all of Northern California Kaiser-Permanente Psychiatry. I have some very important information to share with you!
Fact: Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental health problem in the US!
Over the course of a lifetime, Anxiety Disorders will affect 25 to 30% of the entireUSpopulation! There are 6 primary anxiety disorders: Simple phobia, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder & Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). There are also Adjustment Disorders with Anxious Features (also very common).
Anxiety is an out of control fear response
Anxiety is related to fear, a basic emotion which we all share. If humans had no fear, humankind would not survive! In this sense, fear is adaptive and has many forms: panic, worry, apprehension, nervousness, and even feeling stressed out. Fear is supposed to serve a useful purpose and is nature’s way of getting your mind and body prepared to face some type of actual or genuine threat. A common fear response causes your attention to narrow onto what you are afraid of and also causes your body to become charged with adrenaline to “flee or fight”. Anxiety, on the other hand, is maladaptive and causes a reaction similar or identical to a fear response but… there is little or nothing to really be afraid of! Anxiety causes you to overreact to situations, people, sensations, and even memories! Anxiety is an easily triggered and misplaced reaction.
What causes anxiety? Can anxiety lead to depression?
Anxiety is primarily caused by a combination of predisposing factors that interact with your environment. Predisposing factors include past histories of trauma or abuse, problems in your early emotional connection with caregivers, modeling of anxious behaviors by caregivers, domestic violence, being bullied or picked on, ongoing work related stress, history of accidents or medical illnesses, genes and temperament, and other factors. With these predispositions in place you are more vulnerable to developing problematic anxiety or even anxiety disorders in reaction to your environment like during periods of stress or adversity, life transitions (both negative and positive), losses, major life events, etc. Once anxiety has started you may experience a very strong urge to avoid situations, people, sensations, and/or memories associated with the anxiety. Unfortunately avoidance only works in the short term—you may feel relief when you avoid, but you keep the whole cycle going by not learning to confront the sources of the fear directly. Every time you avoid due to anxiety, your world shrinks a little. Over time this avoidance can lead to other problems including social isolation and depression!
How do I get over anxiety?
The best way to overcome anxiety is to learn to confront your fears and examine the factors that lead up to the anxiety. If you have had abuse or trauma this needs to be addressed as well. Anxiety recovery means learning to face things and to stop avoiding. Drugs can sometimes be used temporarily, but long term use can cause side effects and reinforce the tendency to avoid, thereby never really addressing the true causes of your anxiety. If you need help, you should get it sooner rather then later! For more information on anxiety, social anxiety or shyness, phobias, PTSD or trauma, OCD, go to http://docericryan.com/exposure-and-the-art-of-facing-your-fear/
Dr. Eric Ryan is one of Sonoma County’s leading psychologists. He currently has a private practice in Santa Rosa California. Formally, he chaired the Anxiety Disorder Best Practices for Northern California Kaiser-Permanente Psychiatry and Chemical Dependency services authoring specific Best Practices for PTSD, OCD, Panic Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder. He was also the Training Director for the Post Doctoral Psychology Residency Program for Santa Rosa Kaiser Psychiatry & Chemical Dependency Services. To learn more please visit his website www.docericryan.com
© Copyright 2013 by Eric Ryan, therapist in Santa Rosa, California. All rights reserved.