Find Therapy for Anxiety in Seattle, WA

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Of all the mental health issues affecting people in the United States today, anxiety issues are the most prevalent. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) reports that more than 40 million American men and women experience anxiety symptoms each year. The mental health community identifies different types of anxiety, with the DSM-5 identifying social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, specific phobias, and selective mutism as distinct anxiety conditions. Of these anxiety issues, however, social anxiety is the most common and the reason many wish to find a therapist in Seattle.

The ADAA describes social anxiety as an intense fear of being evaluated, analyzed, or judged in social contexts. While it is not uncommon for most people to be nervous or shy about being scrutinized by others, individuals with social anxiety may experience severe anxiety symptoms that can significantly impair everyday functioning. Approximately 15 million adults in the United States are affected by social anxiety. Symptoms of the condition may include:

  • Avoiding public places
  • Intense feelings of self-consciousness
  • Strong fear of being publicly humiliated
  • Prolonged worry, perhaps for weeks before an important event
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Excessive sweating
  • Lightheadedness
  • Uncontrollable trembling
  • Headaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Nausea
  • Fast heartbeat
  • A lack of self-control

Some individuals may experience social anxiety in specific situations such as during public speaking or during a face-to-face interview. Other people may experience social anxiety symptoms when engaged in everyday activities such as speaking with their employer, initiating a conversation with someone they just met, or participating in classes or meetings.

Though people with symptoms of anxiety may be fearful of experiencing a panic attack or an anxiety attack in a public setting, it should be emphasized that many anxiety issues may be treated by licensed therapists. In Seattle, therapists may employ cognitive behavioral techniques to combat maladaptive thoughts and promote positive behaviors. People with severe anxiety symptoms may also benefit from antianxiety medications prescribed by psychiatrists in Seattle or other major U.S. cities.

References:

  1. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (n.d.). DSM-5: Changes to the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders. Retrieved from http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/DSM-5-changes
  2. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (2014). Facts & statistics. Retrieved from http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
  3. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (2015). Social anxiety disorder. Retrieved from http://www.adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/social-anxiety-disorder
  4. National Institute of Mental Health. (2016). Anxiety disorders. Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml