Have you been feeling excessively anxious or worrisome of late for no particular reason? A generalized anxiety disorder therapy session with us might be just what you need to improve your emotional and mental well-being. Here’s what you should know about the different forms of therapy for generalized anxiety disorder.
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder Therapy?
Generalized anxiety disorder can be described as a mental health condition that results in regular and excessive anxiety for no particular reason. It is one of several types of anxiety disorders that can affect approximately 5% of Americans, and clinical studies have shown that women are twice as likely to develop a generalized anxiety disorder than men.
Changes in daily routine, work, health status, or social interactions can affect people with generalized anxiety disorder. Common symptoms include:
- Tense muscles
- Feeling on-edge
- Excess anxiety and worry
- Difficulty sleeping
- Sweating and dry mouth
What are the Different Forms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder Therapies?
While a mental health professional may sometimes prescribe anti-anxiety medications as a form of treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, there are also various drug-free and non-invasive forms of functional medicine that have shown success in patients with generalized anxiety disorder. These include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of psychotherapy that can help connect the dots between your emotions, feelings, and behaviors
- Mindfulness-based meditation techniques, which sometimes include mild yoga and breathing exercises
What Are the Benefits of Generalized Anxiety Disorder Therapies?
Functional medicine therapies for patients with a generalized anxiety disorder are both non-invasive and drug-free. They are suited for patients of all ages and fitness levels. Regular practice of generalized anxiety disorder therapies offers multiple benefits such as:
- Decrease in stress-related hormones
- Decrease in irritability
- Improvements in sleep and restlessness
- Ability to cope with stressful situations
- Ability to identify anxiety-inducing triggers
What to Expect During a Generalized Anxiety Disorder Therapy Session
If you’ve never had a cognitive-based therapy session before, you might wonder what to expect during the appointment. A certified therapist at Panhandle Counseling and Health Center will begin with an evaluation to determine your current health status, including your time commitment, life stressors, and emotional well-being. From there, your therapist will recommend a CBT treatment program that’s right in treating your generalized anxiety disorder and may also include other forms of therapy like acupuncture, hypnosis, and yoga.
Typical CBT treatment programs last for up to 20 weeks and are usually hour-long sessions.
For more information about Generalized Anxiety Disorder Therapies, contact Panhandle Counseling and Health Center at (580) 338-4638.