An estimated 31.1 percent of U.S. adults experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.
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Feeling tense, jumpy, restless and an often unexplained sense of dread…experiencing a racing heart, a frequently upset stomach, 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 each year.
If you think you might be suffering from anxiety, we can help.
You Are Not Alone
- An estimated 31.1 percent of U.S. adults experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives
- 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 also affects children and is 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 diagnosed anxiety. 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 stats, we want to emphasize again – you (or your child) are not alone.
Are you one of the millions suffering from anxiety? Our team of licensed professional counselors can help you develop a treatment plan personalized to you, the Individual, to get you back on track and move forward in your life.
Symptoms of Anxiety
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.
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.
When your feelings of worry or fear bring on significant stress in your life to the point where you have trouble keeping up, you might need a little help. Fortunately, anxiety is very treatable!
In our Greater New Orleans counseling practice, 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.
The 6 Major Anxiety Disorders
Experts have identified six major anxiety disorders that most commonly affect sufferers of the condition. These are:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder – 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-sufferers feel compelled to perform rituals or routines, also known as compulsions, to try and ease thoughts of anxiety.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – This ever-growing condition 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.
- 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 we come in.
Types of Anxiety Treatment
As much as anxiety is common, it’s also very treatable through counseling services and, if needed, taking anxiety medication.
Counseling with a trained and experienced therapist in a safe, trusted environment can help you explore and understand your anxious feelings and behaviors. Your therapist will also teach you valuable coping skills and mechanisms that, with practice, reduce your symptoms and help you overcome them.
At our Behavioral Health Counseling & Consulting office in Metairie, our therapists use a combination of proven approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal talk therapy, visualization therapy and even introducing a therapy dog to help you face your symptoms.
A combination of medication and therapy with a licensed professional counselor is sometimes the most effective treatment plan for anxiety-sufferers. After working with a counselor, you may decide that medication is a good next step in your treatment journey.
We’re happy to provide you with referrals to a variety of New Orleans-area doctors who can prescribe medication and who work with us to monitor your progress in treatment. Our referral connections include general practitioners, OB-GYNs (for pregnancy-related or postpartum mood disorders) and psychiatrists.
Need Help For Anxiety in Greater New Orleans? Here’s How To Get Started
We know that one of the hardest steps is taking the first step toward treatment. You’re here and even this step took courage. If you’re considering counseling as a way to cope with anxiety – or you just don’t feel like yourself – we encourage you to reach out to us for help.
You can fill out our online contact form or call us at (504) 302-7771 to discuss our 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. From New Orleans to Kenner, the West Bank to the Louisiana Northshore, Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish and throughout – we’re here to serve you.