Holistic Anxiety Therapy & Treatment in California
What is Anxiety
For millions of Americans, anxiety is a part of everyday life. But it doesn’t have to be.
Anxiety is a persistent worry or fear about everyday situations. Anxiety can be intense, and oftentimes impacts your ability to function normally and enjoy life.
Anxiety, as it occurs naturally in the body, can be a motivator. It can motivate us to study for a test. It can spur us on to avoid procrastination. However, in unhealthy doses, anxiety can not only become a hindrance on day-to-day tasks, but can become a debilitating disorder.
When Does Anxiety Become a Disorder?
Anxiety becomes a disorder when it inhibits our physical and emotional growth. It can feel excessive and consuming. This is often the sign of other underlying issues that we must seek to resolve.
Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety
How do I know if I am suffering from anxiety?
Looking for signs and symptoms can help identify unhealthy anxiety in our lives. Are you dealing with any of these things?
- Excessive worry
- Intrusive thoughts
- Shortness of breath
- Elevated heart rate or palpitations
- Fatigue or weakness
- Muscle tension
- Trembling or shaking
- Emotional distress
If you answered yes to any of the above symptoms, then you may be dealing with a form of anxiety.
Types of Anxiety
Anxiety can present itself in our lives in a variety of ways. Some common types of anxiety include chronic stress (generalized anxiety disorder), panic attacks, social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and phobias.
Do you feel as though your life is outside of your control? Do you find yourself worrying excessively about everyday things?
Chronic stress, or generalized anxiety disorder, occurs when one experiences intense levels of anxiety frequently. The worry and anxiety often involve realistic fears and worries, but it is escalated to an overwhelming and disproportionate level. These fears also span more than one area of life. For example, one may stress and worry excessively about family, friends, work, money, and health.
Physical signs of chronic stress include chest pain, headache, fatigue, tense muscles, stomachaches, and vomiting.
Do you experience a sudden onset of intense fear and worry that results in heart racing or palpitations? You may be experiencing a panic attack. These attacks are acute episodes of intense emotion that elicits a physical response.
Agoraphobia is a condition that may be found in those that experience panic attacks. This is the fear that a panic attack may occur, and often dissuades individuals from going out and enjoying life.
Do you avoid events, parties and social settings? Social anxiety is emotional discomfort within a group. Individuals with social anxiety often avoid social situations in fear of being judged, embarrassed, or entering into unknown situations.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Have you experienced a traumatic or life-threatening occurrence? Flashbacks, nightmares, and overall fear can present in individuals suffering from PTSD.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) presents as an emotional conflict to resolve obsession (thoughts) through compulsion (action). Uncontrollable and intrusive thoughts provoke the individual to take a specific action to alleviate the stressor and reduce anxiety. This can feel ritualistic or religious in nature, as the individual feels as though the compulsion must occur (and oftentimes in a certain way) in order for the anxiety to dissipate.
Phobias are reactions to unrealistic and exaggerated fears. Individuals suffering from phobias often realize, outside of their instance of fear, that their phobia is unrealistic. However, they are unable to control their response and reaction when the fear directly impacts their daily life.
What Can I Do About My Anxiety?
If you or a loved one struggles with anxiety, it is important to not only treat the symptoms of your anxious thoughts, but to get to the root cause of your anxiety. Anxiety presents differently for each individual, as signs and symptoms are not identical from person to person.
Recognizing your anxious mind is an important first step in finding a solution to healing. Our desire for you is for you to enjoy a meaningful and fulfilled life. Our team of holistic practitioners work specifically with those dealing with anxiety to identify the cause and guide you on your journey to emotional and physical wellness. We want you to truly thrive, not just feel like you’re barely surviving.
Coping Mechanisms for Anxiety
Learning coping mechanisms can help you to live without the added stress, fear, worry, and physical symptoms of anxiety. Our team takes a holistic approach to your wellbeing, offering a variety of coping mechanisms to help you on your path to healing.
We help you to identify the triggers in your life that spur your mind towards anxious thoughts. We work with you to develop healthy ways of minimizing stress and worry in your life, and provide you with the tools you need to train your brain in acceptance of reality, free of escalation of emotions and unwanted physical symptoms. Mindfulness is taught and practiced, as we discover which coping strategies work best for you to mitigate the impact of worry about past and future.
Holistic Anxiety Treatment
If you suffer from anxiety, worry, or anxious thoughts, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to find the right practitioner to help you on your healing journey. Our eclectically trained therapists offer a variety of therapeutic approaches and areas of expertise. We always focus on taking a holistic approach to healing and look at the whole person, not just your symptoms.
When dealing with anxiety, our trained psychotherapists offer expertise in generalized anxiety, compulsive disorders and behaviors, complex trauma, PTSD, as well as many other areas impacted by anxiety. We practice Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), EMDR, Mindfulness, Trauma-focused Therapy, as well as other modalities to aid you in your healing process.
We incorporate a holistic treatment approach and work in tandem with other practitioners as needed or may refer you out to our integrative network to help you reach your highest healing potential.
What Treatment is Best for Me?
Our team at S.A.G.E. Holistic Health and Wellness Center works to identify your unique anxieties and a true path to healing. We provide tangible solutions for you to overcome these emotional obstacles that prohibit you from experiencing the life you long for and deserve.
We invite you to contact us, and schedule a complimentary consultation with our intake coordinator, so that we can connect you with the team member that best aligns with your goals and health journey needs.
Discover true healing from anxiety. Book a call today.