Though everyone experiences occasional anxiety, some persons feel anxious much of the time and may, in fact, suffer from what psychiatrists call Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Approximately 2% – 4% of the population suffers from GAD.
GAD is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry lasting for at least six months. During this period, sufferers find it difficult or impossible to control their worries, and at least three of the following 6 symptoms are present: feelings of restlessness or edginess, being easily tired, poor concentration, irritable mood, muscle tension, and poor sleep.
Some degree of anxiety is normal; some theorize that it even helps to produce positive adaptive behaviors. For instance, many individuals work best under the pressure of deadlines because the resulting anxiety motivates them. However, when feelings of fear are interfering with important tasks of daily life, it is time to seek help.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) alone or in combination with neurofeedback and biofeedback are particularly helpful when used in treating anxiety disorders. After your initial consultation at Behavioral Associates, following a diagnosis, you will be matched with a therapist who will devise a treatment plan geared towards combating your anxiety once and for all.
Contact us or call our office at (212) 860-8500 to schedule your initial consultation.