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Anxiety Disorders

Woman with an Anxiety Disorder

Finding Strength & Recovery

Bethesda Therapy understands the deep impact anxiety disorders can have on your life. We offer a compassionate, supportive space for you to start your path toward healing and recovery.

Facing the Challenge of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders manifest in various forms, often marked by excessive worry, fear, and nervousness. These conditions can significantly influence your emotions, thoughts, behavior, and physical well-being.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Characterized by persistent, excessive worry about everyday matters, GAD can lead to physical symptoms like restlessness, fatigue, and muscle tension, severely disrupting daily functioning.

Panic Disorder

This disorder is defined by sudden and frequent panic attacks, bringing intense fear and physical symptoms such as heart palpitations and shortness of breath, often leading to avoidance behaviors.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder involves extreme fear of social interactions and being negatively evaluated by others, resulting in significant distress and social withdrawal.

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Anxiety’s Toll on Life

Regardless of the type, anxiety disorders profoundly affect mental and physical health, potentially leading to strained relationships and reduced quality of life.

Pathways to Wellness

Our remote therapy services provide accessible care, focusing on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and personalized treatments to foster lasting, positive transformation.

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Tailored Therapeutic Approaches

We utilize proven therapies like CBT to equip you with effective tools for managing anxiety. Our treatment plans are designed to transform negative thought patterns and enhance coping mechanisms.

Journeying Together Towards Healing

We advocate a joint therapeutic journey, where you play an integral role. Our approach includes diverse therapeutic techniques and, if needed, medication management, adapting to your changing requirements.

Achieving Lasting Well-being

Our therapy aims beyond symptom relief, focusing on long-term wellness. Success is seen in enhanced life engagement, relationship improvement, and overall life satisfaction.

Bethesda Therapy's Commitment to Personalized, Compassionate Anxiety Treatment

Healing Anxiety: A Holistic, Tailored Approach

Our unique, holistic, and trauma-informed approach to anxiety treatment emphasizes individual struggle understanding, offering a safe, nurturing environment. Our therapists are dedicated to supporting you every step of the way on your path to well-being.

Tailored Approaches for Diverse Needs

Each journey through anxiety is unique, which is why our treatment plans are highly individualized. By integrating a range of therapeutic techniques, we aim to address not just the symptoms, but the root causes of your anxiety. Our therapists work diligently to create a tailored plan that aligns with your specific circumstances, ensuring a more effective and compassionate path to healing.

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Anxiety Disorder FAQs

Anxiety disorders are a group of mental health conditions characterized by excessive and persistent fear, worry, and related behavioral disturbances. While it’s normal to experience anxiety in stressful or unfamiliar situations, anxiety disorders involve more intense and prolonged feelings that can interfere with daily activities. They differ from normal anxiety in duration, intensity, and impact on daily life, often occurring without an obvious trigger. Anxiety disorders can manifest in various forms, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and specific phobias.

Anxiety disorders are incredibly common, affecting millions worldwide. They can occur in people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. However, certain factors may increase the risk, such as genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. Research indicates that women are more likely than men to experience anxiety disorders, and these conditions often develop in childhood or adolescence, though they can emerge at any age.

Symptoms vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder but generally include excessive worry, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbances. Physical symptoms like rapid heartbeat, sweating, trembling, and gastrointestinal issues may also occur. It’s important to recognize that symptoms can vary in intensity and frequency, and they can significantly impact daily functioning and quality of life.

While anxiety disorders cannot always be ‘cured’ in the traditional sense, they are highly treatable, and many people experience substantial relief from their symptoms. Treatment often involves a combination of psychotherapy, medication, lifestyle changes, and coping strategies. The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms to a level where they have minimal impact on daily life, allowing individuals to lead fulfilling lives.

Various therapeutic approaches are effective in treating anxiety disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most common and effective methods, focusing on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. Other approaches include exposure therapy, particularly for phobias and panic disorders, and mindfulness-based therapies which help individuals stay present and reduce rumination.

Medication can be an essential part of treatment for some individuals with anxiety disorders but isn’t necessary for everyone. Commonly prescribed medications include antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, and beta-blockers. The choice of medication depends on the individual’s symptoms, other health conditions, and personal preferences. It’s important to discuss potential side effects and benefits with a healthcare provider.

Lifestyle changes can play a significant role in managing anxiety disorders. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, adequate sleep, and stress reduction techniques like meditation can significantly improve symptoms. Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, which can exacerbate anxiety, is also beneficial. Building a supportive social network and engaging in enjoyable activities can also help.

If you suspect you have an anxiety disorder, the first step is to seek an evaluation from a mental health professional. They can provide a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan. It’s also important to educate yourself about anxiety disorders and engage in self-care practices. Remember, seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness, and effective treatments are available.

Getting Started with Bethesda Therapy

We understand that seeking help can be a big step, but remember, you’re not alone. We’re here to support and guide you on your journey towards a more manageable life. Scheduling a consultation with us is straightforward and the first step towards recovery. Reach out to us either by phoneemail or our website form to book your appointment. Be assured, your confidentiality is our top priority, and we’re committed to providing you with the highest level of care. Take that first step today – we look forward to assisting you.

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“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.”

– Seneca

What Colleagues Say About Us

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Rose Bleiweis

LCSW-C

Melissa is determined, hard-working, and provides a range of therapeutic interventions. She is committed to professional development to further her clinical skills.

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Jen Lodico

LCSW-C

Melissa’s skillset was empowering to work with. She is professional and supportive. Melissa is a fantastic therapist who I cannot recommend enough!
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Beth Cocker

LCSW-C

Melissa Murphy is a wonderful therapist. She is kind, non-judgmental and empathetic. She truly understands her client’s needs and takes into account the whole-person. I do not hesitate to refer clients to Melissa and enjoy collaborating with her on cases. She is an excellent therapist with expertise in anxiety, depression, and OCD.

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