When treating anxiety, the therapists at Wilshire/Valley begin by validating our clients’ experiences.
We make it clear that their feelings of anxiety are real and meaningful in the context of wherever they find themselves in their lives.
Unlike a phobia, in which your fear is connected to a specific thing or situation, the anxiety of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is diffuse — an overall feeling of dread or unease that colors your whole life.
Anxiety is a close cousin to panic, but without the intensity. (Read about panic and its treatment.) Regardless, anxiety can become unbearable. It makes day-to-day life difficult — relaxation impossible.
After validating the client’s feelings, the therapist seeks to identify the source of the anxiety — perhaps a current life stressor, a relationship issue, a family situation or feelings from the past that may need further exploration and healing.
Our team at at Wilshire/Valley Therapy Centers provides gentle, steady, committed guidance in treatment of anxiety. This support can lead to a relief that over time becomes an organic way of being.
Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Emotional symptoms of GAD
- Non-stop worries running through your head.
- Feeling like your anxiety is uncontrollable; that there is nothing you can do to stop the worrying.
- Intrusive thoughts about things that make you anxious; you try to avoid thinking about them, but can’t.
- An inability to tolerate uncertainty; you need to know what’s going to happen in the future.
- A pervasive feeling of apprehension or dread.
Behavioral symptoms of GAD
- Inability to relax, enjoy quiet time, or be by yourself.
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing.
- Putting things off because you feel overwhelmed.
- Avoiding situations that make you anxious.
Physical symptoms of GAD
- Feeling tense; having muscle tightness or body aches.
- Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep because your mind won’t quit.
- Feeling edgy, restless, or jumpy.
- Stomach problems, nausea, diarrhea.