Anxiety

Collaborative Behavioral Health

Psychological Counseling and Testing Center located in Skokie, IL

Anxiety disorders are the number one mental illness in the United States, affecting almost one in five adults, and the numbers increase every year. Millennials are the most anxious generation, but feeling anxious is different from living with an anxiety disorder. Collaborative Behavioral Health has providers trained in identifying anxiety disorders and who offer techniques to manage both the causes and symptoms. If you need help with anxiety, call one of the offices in Skokie, Illinois, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.

Anxiety

What are the different types of anxiety?

There are several recognized types of anxiety. They include:

  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Specific phobias
  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)

 

Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms and causes. Speak to a provider at Collaborative Behavioral Health about what makes you feel anxious and triggers attacks, and they use this information to more accurately pinpoint which type or types you are living with.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

The crucial difference between feeling anxious and having an anxiety disorder is that someone managing a disorder experiences both physical and psychological symptoms. Symptoms vary, but there are several that commonly appear, including: 

  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Weak limbs or tense muscles
  • Trembling and sweating
  • Compulsive worrying
  • Reluctance to leave the home

 

Other symptoms that are less common but still occur frequently include leg pain, feeling unable to breathe, and rashes.

How is anxiety treated?

Depending on what triggers symptoms, the practitioners at Collaborative Behavioral Health consider therapy, medication, and self-management to treat anxiety. They often recommend a combination of all or some of them. 

Therapy

Psychological counseling and therapy are the first options when treating anxiety. Often, isolating the root cause of the issue alleviates symptoms without needing medication. It helps people to recognize harmful thought patterns and manage how they respond to triggers.

Medication

Different types of medication are prescribed depending on the type of anxiety disorder someone has. The three most common types are antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and beta-blockers. Many medications are highly addictive, so they tend to be a short-term measure. 

Self-management

Self-management includes practicing relaxation techniques, exercising, speaking with friends and family, learning how to manage stress, and positively reframing thoughts. For some people, this is only suitable when they’re having a good day or a minor episode.

If suffer from an anxiety disorder, you’re not alone, and you don’t have to just live with it. The team at Collaborative Behavioral Health can guide and support you with anxiety disorder treatment and management techniques. Call the office today or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment with a professional.