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Anxiety & Stress Management

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Are you feeling overwhelmed, apprehensive, or restless?

Do you know why you feel this way? Or is the cause as mysterious and fleeting as the symptoms?

It's important to know that issues with anxiety and stress can take a heavy toll on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

For answers about the management and treatment of chronic stress and anxiety disorders, contact Montgomery Psychiatry & Associates in Montgomery, Alabama.

All Stressed Out?

There is no escaping stress to one extent or another.

It seems that, in today’s world, stressful situations lurk around every corner.

From bumper to bumper traffic and a never ending list of unfinished tasks to constant responsibilities and demands, stress builds up until you feel like you will explode!

Types of Stress

For some people, the stress response can be persistent and/or severe.

For example, chronic stress is an ongoing condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that the demands of life exceed the personal and social resources the individual is capable of providing.

Chronic stress can create a variety of problems and affect one’s mental health when left untreated.

Acute stress is experienced in response to an immediate perceived threat, either physical, emotional or psychological.

The threat can be real or imagined; it’s the perception of threat that triggers the response.

Stress Symptoms

During an acute stress response, the autonomic nervous system is activated and the body experiences increased levels of cortisol, adrenalin and other hormones.

This can produce several of the symptoms commonly associated with stress, including:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Quickened breathing rate
  • Higher blood pressure

Blood is shunted from the extremities to the big muscles, preparing the body to fight or run away. This is also known as the “fight-or-flight” response.

Severe and chronic stress can cause many other emotional problems like withdrawal, depression, anxiety, and phobias.

Unmanaged stress can also lead to physical ailments such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Migraine headaches
  • Heart impairments

How Does Stress Differ from Anxiety?

Stress and anxiety are closely related emotional states and share many of the same physical symptoms.

Because of this, the terms are often used interchangeably.

But there are subtle, yet key, differences between the two.

According to HealthStatus: ((SourceHealthStatus.com ))

"Stress is caused by an existing stress-causing factor or stressor. Anxiety is stress that continues after that stressor is gone." ((Source: HealthStatus, "How Is Anxiety Different From Stress?"))

Those who experience emotions due to "stress" typically know what's worrying them whereas the origin of one's "anxiety" can be more difficult to pinpoint.

Stress Management Therapy

Stress management counseling and therapy is available for people suffering from the effects of stress.

Psychologists and mental health therapists use a variety of techniques to help patients relieve stress and the tensions and other detrimental issues, such as anger control, that can arise from it.

Stress Management is any technique used to help one cope with, or lessen, the physical and mental health effects of daily life.

Various stress management techniques are used by licensed therapists to reduce stress, both in the moment and during future events.

The main focus of stress management therapists is to:

  1. Identify specific stress triggers
  2. Address them with various stress management tools, treatments, and counseling

Stress management is, therefore, a very important factor for maintaining your mental wellbeing.

How Stress Management Sessions Can Help

Attending stress management sessions can act to significantly reduce the amount of stress in your life as well as teach you how to successfully manage stressful events in the future.

Stress management therapists also help to identify and address underlying causes of extreme stress so the level is reduced. Stress management counseling not only works to relieve stress in patients, but it also relieves a host of other emotional and behavioral issues that are a direct result of stress.

There is nothing like regaining a feeling of peace and control; and stress management therapy provides those valuable experiences.

Stress management sessions can help you to regain a form of normalcy in your life as well as elevate its overall quality.

Anxiety Can Be Crippling

Anxiety disorders are extremely difficult to live with because they make completing activities and going places horrible hurdles that must constantly be overcome.

Mental disorders categorized as anxiety-related can make life miserable, with symptoms such as:

  • Paralyzing phobias
  • Addictions
  • Deep and constant worries
  • Uncontrolled anger
  • Panic attacks
  • Chronic stress
  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Depression

People suffering from such strong anxieties and fears can gain a great amount of help through anxiety treatment.

Psychologists and licensed therapist utilize such anxiety treatments as exposure therapy and cognitive-behavior therapy to relieve the devastating mental health effects of anxiety disorders and offer effective solutions.

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

Professional anxiety treatment is most effective because therapists and psychologists treat more than the mere symptoms, they also address one or more underlying issues that directly or indirectly feed anxiety disorders.

Anxiety therapy teaches patients how to relax and see situations as non-threatening so fears and anxieties are eased and confidence and self-esteem are improved.

There are numerous anxiety disorders which exist and more than one disorder can be experienced by one person. Therefore, anxiety therapists normally tailor anxiety treatments and counseling to their individual patients in order to glean the most successful approach.

Anxiety treatment can be administered by a therapist individually, or groups can be formed of those with similar ailments.

What to Expect from Anxiety Treatment

If you are considering gaining help through anxiety treatment therapy, you will want to know what benefits to expect.

The most noticeable benefit will be a rapid reduction in your specific anxiety disorder. You will also find that you have a very understanding and knowledgeable source in your anxiety therapist who provides keen insight and comfortable discussion concerning your problem.

Throughout your anxiety treatment sessions, you will gain more ground by reducing the effects of your disorder and by identifying, acknowledging and overcoming underlying issues that feed it.

As anxiety treatments progress, you will experience greater freedom and meet activities and outings with greater confidence.

For more information about stress management and anxiety disorder treatments and therapies, please contact Montgomery Psychiatry & Associates.