At Midwest Wellness Center Associates, we understand that anxiety is more than just occasional nervousness; it can be an overwhelming and disruptive force in your life. That's why we're here to provide comprehensive anxiety treatment in Chicago and Westmont IL. Our team includes some of the top anxiety doctors in the Midwest.
If you want to learn more about treatment for anxiety, please call (630) 496-5368 for our Westmont location or (773) 900-8781 for our Chicago location. We are here to help you through life’s most difficult challenges.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a natural response to stress and is often referred to as the body's "fight or flight" response. It can be a normal and healthy emotion, helping us stay alert and focused while in potentially dangerous situations. However, when anxiety becomes chronic or excessive, it can interfere with daily life and well-being.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety can present itself in different ways, and its symptoms can vary from person to person. Some common signs and symptoms of anxiety include:
- Excessive Worry
- Physical Symptoms
- Sleep Problems
- Panic Attacks
- Difficulty Concentrating
- Physical Health Issues
If you or a loved one are experiencing these symptoms, seeking professional help can be a crucial step towards managing anxiety effectively.
More Serious Types of Anxiety
Did you know that more serious types of anxiety affect 40 million Americans every year? These types include:
- Social Anxiety – extreme discomfort in groups
- Agoraphobia – fear of leaving your home and being in public
- Panic Disorder – physical feelings of terror, dread, unreality
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – panic, flashbacks, nightmares, inability to focus, getting startled easily
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – obsessions, compulsions, repetitive and ritualistic behaviors, intrusive thoughts
- Specific Phobias – profound fear of snakes, heights, crowds, etc.
- Generalized Anxiety – exaggerated worry, anticipating the worst
The average age of first experiencing a serious type of anxiety is 11, and women are 60% more likely to suffer at some point in their lives from an anxiety disorder than men, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Understanding the Anxiety Cycle
While some cases of anxiety may be related to underlying medical conditions, more often, anxiety arises from the way our minds perceive danger. When our minds sense a threat, they instinctively react to protect us. However, sometimes our minds perceive situations as threatening even when they aren't objectively dangerous.
With serious types of anxiety, it's as if your mind becomes trapped in a constant state of perceiving danger, triggering the release of biochemical signals that prepare the body to fight, flee, or freeze. This results in a cycle where the body feels on edge, the mind remains hyper-alert for danger, and more adrenaline is released, intensifying feelings of fear and anxiety.
Anxiety Treatments at Midwest Wellness Center Associates
- Psychotherapy: Our team of skilled therapists offers various forms of psychotherapy, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This approach helps you identify and manage anxiety triggers, develop coping strategies, and regain control over your thoughts and emotions.
- Medication Management: Our top anxiety doctors in Chicago and Westmont can prescribe medication when necessary. Medications can help alleviate symptoms and provide relief, often in combination with therapy for the most effective results.
- Lifestyle Modifications: We work with you to implement positive lifestyle changes, such as stress management techniques, exercise, and nutrition, which can significantly reduce anxiety symptoms and improve overall well-being.
- Support and Education: Our compassionate team offers support and education to help you understand and manage your anxiety. We provide tools and resources to empower you in your journey towards recovery.
4 Tips for Reducing Anxiety Yourself
When dealing with anxiety, consider these solutions:
- Limit Caffeine: Cut back on caffeine from soda, coffee, tea, chocolate, and certain medications. Eliminating these for a week may reduce anxiety and overreactions.
- Distract Yourself: Dwelling on anxiety can reinforce it. Engage in enjoyable activities, have light conversations with friends, read, watch movies, take walks, or exercise to shift your focus.
- Positive Self-Talk: Your mind responds to the messages it receives. Counter anxiety with reassuring messages such as "At this moment, I am safe." Remind yourself that most situations aren't as threatening as they seem.
- Deep Breathing: Use your body's natural tool by practicing slow, deep breathing for 1-5 minutes. Inhale and exhale, counting silently to 4 or 8. Combine this with positive self-talk for enhanced results.
Remember that these tips can complement professional treatment prescribed by your psychiatrist, psychotherapist, or primary care physician.
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If you're ready to address your anxiety and work with a mental health expert, contact us today at our Westmont or Chicago, IL locations.