The most common psychiatric issues found in the world are anxiety disorders. While the term anxiety might bring to mind an idea of people who live in constant fear and worry about the future, in fact, this type of anxiety (anticipatory) is only one of many kinds of anxiety disorder.
Types of Anxiety
Among the different types of anxiety disorders, some include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Panic disorders
- Social anxiety disorder
- Specific phobias
The Impact of Anxiety
Anxiety can manifest in both children and adults, and has the potential to escalate to such severity that it interferes with people’s day to day lives. In severe cases, anxiety disorders can interfere with a person’s job or social life.
If you are living with an anxiety disorder, it is possible that you will experience serious negative emotional, cognitive, and physiological symptoms associated with this condition. You may also experience panic attacks, which could send you to the hospital, convinced you are in grave danger.
Therapy for Anxiety
Although an anxiety disorder can be incredibly difficult to live with, there are many different therapeutic options out there that have been proven to help improve people’s quality of life. These therapeutic approaches include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This type of anxiety therapy is rooted in the core belief that emotional disorders are caused by cognitive factors which can be changed through the employment of cognitive and behavioral techniques. The methods used in cognitive behavioral therapy, in particular, are focused on a client’s individual needs and can be tailored based on their cognitive progress.
- Cognitive therapy: The most commonly seen psychological treatment for those living with anxiety disorders, cognitive therapy is characterized by clients working with their therapists to zero in on the beliefs, thoughts, and feelings that affect their ability to change their behaviors.
- Attention bias modification: An emerging form of therapy for anxiety, attention bias modification therapy uses computer based attention training to aid clients suffering with anxiety in dealing with perceived threats in the environment around them that normally cause them to hyper fixate.
- Hypnosis: Akin to meditation, hypnosis generally involves clients entering various states of consciousness with their particular, individualized needs kept in mind. Clients never, however, lose control: they will always have awareness of what is happening.
- Vagus nerve stimulation: During this specific approach, an anticonvulsant device electrically stimulates a client’s vagus nerve; this particular nerve is targeted because it has the unique ability to control one’s feelings of anxiety. Though this approach is generally utilized on individuals who are experiencing treatment resistant depression or epilepsy, some studies have also shown this method’s effectiveness in addressing treatment resistant anxiety disorders.
Group Therapy for Anxiety
Many of these forms of anxiety therapy can be administered in online group therapy. In fact, group therapy for anxiety can be very helpful, because it can help you reframe disturbing thoughts, tolerate painful emotions, and process your anxiety with a renewed perspective in a safe, secure setting from the comfort of your own home.
Here at Grouport, we offer a variety of online therapy groups for anxiety.
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