Anxiety Treatment Help from our Louisiana Mental Health Professionals
From Behavioral Health Counseling & Consulting – Serving Louisiana Residents in Greater New Orleans including Metairie, Kenner, Chalmette, Gretna, and all of Orleans Parish and Jefferson Parish
Do you feel tense, jumpy, restless, and often have an unexplained sense of dread? Are you frequently experiencing a racing heart, a frequently upset stomach, and maybe even sweating or tremors, and an overall draining sense of fatigue? All of these symptoms may mean you are suffering from an anxiety disorder.
Like depression, anxiety disorders are among the most common mental health conditions in the U.S. and the world, affecting roughly 40 million U.S. adults and 1 in 13 adults worldwide every year. Anxiety disorders can take a toll on your overall wellness and in certain cases interfere with your daily activities including your ability to work and take care of your family. That’s why seeking the help of a behavioral health professional, learning coping skills, and practicing self-care are so important to get you back on a path to improved mental wellness.
If you think you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder, our New Orleans, Kenner, and Metairie area mental health professionals can help.
You Are Not Alone – Anxiety Disorders Among Louisiana Residents are Common
According to the National Institute of Mental Health:
- An estimated 31.1 percent of U.S. adults experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives, making it a common behavioral health condition.
- An estimated 19.1 percent of U.S. adults had an anxiety disorder in the past year.
- Anxiety disorders affect adult females at a higher rate (24.4 percent) than adult males (14.3 percent).
Anxiety disorders also affect children and are often more prevalent in teens.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 7.4 percent of U.S. children aged 2-17 years old (an estimated 4.5 million) have a diagnosed anxiety disorder. The CDC further estimates that 31.9 percent of U.S. adolescents (ages 13-18) are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder each year.
Considering these statistics, we want to emphasize again – you (or your child) are not alone. There is a path to regaining improved mental wellness, and with the help of our counseling services, you can feel better!
Our Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Other Counselors Are Here to Help You
Are you one of the millions suffering from anxiety? Our team of New Orleans area licensed professional counselors (LPCs) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) can help you develop an outpatient anxiety treatment plan personalized to you, the individual. Our priority is to get you back on track, help you learn valuable coping skills, improve your self-care practices, and guide you as you move forward in your life and overall mental wellness.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
It’s normal to be anxious sometimes. You might feel nervous about public speaking, waiting on a medical test result, or over a big event, for example. These feelings often improve with self-care and you’ll continue to thrive in your daily life.
However, feeling anxious all the time and experiencing frequent emotional and physical anxiety symptoms might indicate the deeper problem of a disorder that is best treated with an anxiety treatment plan such as counseling services and learning coping skills.
Here are the most common anxiety symptoms to look out for:
- Often feeling apprehensive or a sense of dread.
- Frequent tenseness and jumpiness.
- Frequent restlessness or irritability.
- Frequently anticipating the worst and being watchful for signs of danger.
- Experiencing a pounding or racing heart or feeling short of breath.
- Sweating often, feeling tremors, or experiencing twitches.
- Frequent upset stomachs, urination, or diarrhea.
- Experiencing frequent headaches, fatigue, and insomnia.
Each of the 6 major anxiety disorders has one overarching symptom in common – a persistent and excessive fear or worry experienced in situations that are not threatening.
How to Know You Would Benefit from an Anxiety Treatment Plan
In our Greater New Orleans counseling practice that serves Orleans and Jefferson parishes, we have a variety of local mental health professionals who are experienced in helping patients navigate anxiety, decrease stress, and rediscover the joy in their day-to-day activities or big events. Whether you live close to Tulane or off Canal St, our Metairie counseling services offices, which are not too far off from Jefferson HWY, are close by.
The 6 Major Anxiety Disorders
Healthcare experts have identified six major anxiety disorders that most commonly affect sufferers of the condition. These are:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – GAD sufferers experience chronic and exaggerated worry over everyday life, making it hard to concentrate and finish daily tasks.
- Social Anxiety – Deeper than shyness, a social phobia refers to an intense fear over social interaction, often triggered by irrational worries concerning humiliation.
- Panic Disorder – Panic disorders or panic attacks involve feeling a sudden physical sense of terror sometimes repeatedly and without warning.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – OCD sufferers feel compelled to perform rituals or routines, also known as compulsions, to try and ease thoughts of anxiety.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – PTSD is an ever-growing condition that involves experiencing intense fear or becoming numb and easily irritable and avoiding specific places, people, or activities after experiencing a traumatic or life-threatening event. PTSD is common among people who were victims of an accident, a crime, or who are combat veterans. Here in Louisiana, PTSD is common after hurricanes and floods, too.
- Specific Phobias – While avoiding a fair amount of situations that are uncomfortable is normal, having a specific phobia takes it a step further by triggering an intense, irrational fear for a specific object or situation, such as a fear of an animal or a fear of flying.
Anxiety disorders aren’t limited to the major six defined in the DSM, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Sufferers can experience different conditions in the realm of each disorder.
For example, separation anxiety, selective mutism, and agoraphobia all fall into the above group and there may even be other anxiety-fueled conditions you might experience that treatment can help.
The most important coping strategy is to take the first baby step and reach out to someone who can help. That’s where our Orleans and Jefferson parish area mental health professionals come in. We help you through our outpatient counseling services and by providing you with tips for improving your self-care practice and learning and using coping skills.
Types of Anxiety Treatment
At our counseling center, we find that psychotherapy isn’t always a necessary form of counseling to treat an anxiety disorder. Many of our clients find wellness and successful treatment when we use a combination of proven approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal talk therapy, visualization therapy, and family counseling, to help you face your symptoms.
While most of our patients choose us as their first type of anxiety treatment, we also work with local residents who are stepping down from inpatient anxiety treatment and seeking outpatient counselors like us.
A combination of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy with a licensed professional counselor or licensed clinical social worker is sometimes the most effective outpatient anxiety treatment plan for those who experience this behavioral health issue. After working with us, you may decide that adding medication is a good next step in your anxiety treatment journey. Whatever decision you make, we are here to support you on your path to improved wellness.
We’re happy to provide you with referrals to a variety of Kenner, Metairie, and New Orleans-area behavioral health professionals such as Louisiana psychiatry practices who can prescribe medication and who work with us to monitor your progress in your anxiety treatment program. Our referral connections include general practitioners, OB-GYNs (for pregnancy-related or postpartum mood disorders), and psychiatrists.
Need Anxiety Treatment in New Orleans, Kenner, or Metairie? Here’s How To Get Started With a Behavioral Health Plan
We know that one of the hardest steps towards improving your overall mental health wellness and self-care practice is taking the first step toward seeking anxiety treatment. As mental health professionals, we know that even researching anxiety disorders and finding this webpage took courage. If you’re considering working with a licensed professional counselor as a way to cope with anxiety – or you just don’t feel like yourself – we encourage you to reach out to our Greater New Orleans area behavioral health counseling services for help.
You can fill out our online contact form or call us at (504) 302-7771 to discuss our Louisiana mental health services. In talking with you, we’ll match you with a trained and experienced counselor who specializes in treating anxiety disorders and can help get you on the path to recovery. Improving your overall wellness is our goal! From New Orleans to Kenner, the West Bank to the Louisiana Northshore, Chalmette to Gretna, Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and everywhere in between – we’re here to serve you.