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Everyone experiences some level of anxiety in their daily lives, and some people are more affected than others. However, some people experience anxiety that is uncontrollable, sometimes unprecedented, and can negatively impact daily activities. Anxiety disorders take many forms, and have different symptoms and causes. Leaving anxiety disorders untreated can lead to unwanted consequences that can impact your job, family, and general happiness.

There are different types of anxiety disorders, and each can impact your life differently. Anxiety can take many forms, including OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders affect 18% of American adults (18+), or 40 million people, each year.

Women are more likely to be affected by anxiety disorders than men.

Hispanic and black individuals are less likely to suffer from anxiety disorders than whites.

Teenagers aged 13-18 are also at risk for anxiety disorders, and 8% of teens surveyed suffered from symptoms of anxiety. However, only 18% of these teenagers receive medical attention for their anxiety.

 Anxiety Disorders

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD causes constant thoughts or fears that cause people to obsess over things without reason, including performing routines or repeated actions. Thoughts and fears are considered obsessions, and routines and rituals are deemed compulsions, thus the reason for the name Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Compulsive behaviors might include turning lights on and off a certain number of times, obsessively washing hands to rid them of germs, or repeating certain words.

Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder suffer from feelings of extreme fear or terror that come on without warning, and reoccur frequently. People with panic disorder often suffer from panic attacks, in which they sweat, have chest pain, trouble breathing, heart palpitations, and other symptoms that might feel like a heart attack.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a disorder that develops after a traumatic experience, like rape, war, or death of a loved one. Those that suffer from PTSD have reoccurring thoughts and memories that can trigger the trauma and cause the person anxiety throughout the rest of their life.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder, or social phobia, is a condition in which individuals are consumed with worry and self-doubt that interfere with social situations. Those with social anxiety disorder are often worried about what others think of them, and are afraid they will be judged for their behaviors. This often leads to isolation, because individuals would rather stay home than face uncertain situations.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is sort of the catch-all for others prone to anxiety. Though they usually do not have something to trigger the anxiety, it is still consuming and can interfere with their daily activities. Anxiety can be excessive and unrealistic, and can impact school, work, and home life.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Separation Anxiety Disorder affects young children, but also older children and adults, and occurs when an individual has extreme anxiety when separated from a person or place that provides comfort to them. Separation anxiety can result in panic symptoms that can be debilitating just as with other anxiety disorders.

For more information on the specific types of anxiety disorders, Medical News Today has short videos that discuss the symptoms and expectations for each.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Social Anxiety Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety can be caused by many different factors, including stress from work, home, school, relationships, and trauma from abuse, death, or other stressful events. Anxiety can also be caused by medical conditions, including stress from a terminal illness, side effects of medication, or lack of oxygen from medical disorders. Substance abuse can also induce anxiety, including intoxication from illicit drugs or withdrawal from drugs or alcohol.

What Causes Anxiety?

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Trouble concentrating
Trouble breathing
Sleep problems
Chest pain
Chills or hot flashes
Impending depression
Out of control feeling
Shortness of breath
Tightness in chest
Heart palpitations
Muscle tension
There are many possible treatments for dealing with anxiety disorders, including psychotherapy and treatment, as well as anti-anxiety medications, including SSRI, SSNRI, benzodiazepines, including some drugs primarily used to treat depression.

Work with your counselor to determine your best path for treatment. A trained medical professional will help you decide what is best for you.

According to NIMH, one form of effective psychotherapy is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), in which the counselor will help the individual suffering from anxiety to change their thinking patterns (cognitive) and the way they react to anxiety (behavioral). CBT will help those with anxiety disorders to break down their cognitive patterns in which the anxiety is overwhelming and controlling, and therefore they will learn to cope with anxious situations.

Do you suffer from anxiety? Take this short quiz to see if you have a problem with anxiety.

Do not use this quiz to substitute a medical opinion. Please contact our office if you think you might be suffering from anxiety in order to get a complete diagnosis and the medical assistance that you need.

It is easy to feel out of control when you suffer from an anxiety disorder. Of course, you should seek medical attention if you feel as though your anxiety is getting in the way of your daily activities, but there are also techniques you can try at home to relieve your worry.

Create a worry period: choose a time and a place for worrying. Do not allow yourself to worry at other times of the day.
Ask yourself if your problem is solvable: if your problem is not something you can change, learn to accept it.
Accept uncertainty: focusing on what-if scenarios will only keep you from enjoying the good currently in your life, and will not prevent bad things from happening to you. Learn to let them go.
Challenge anxious thoughts: retrain your brain to avoid worried thoughts, like overgeneralizations, catastrophizing, labeling, or all-or-nothing thinking.
Be aware of how others affect you: keep a worry diary and spend less time in anxious situation or with people who make it worse.
Practice mindfulness: acknowledge your anxious feelings, let your worries go, and stay focused on the present.
Try relaxation techniques when you are feeling stressed, including breathing meditation for stress relief, progressive muscle relaxation, body scan meditation, mindfulness, visualization meditation, and yoga and tai chi.

Do not let your anxiety control your life! Adverse effects caused by anxiety can negatively impact many different parts of your life, and could cause you to distance family members and friends, lose your job, or could cause other health problems. Stop your anxiety before it attacks your daily activities by getting help today.

See an experienced counselor today for advice on how to control your anxiety. We are trained to help you turn around your negative thoughts and feelings and move forward with your life. See our Counseling Processes for help in understanding counseling and or therapy.

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By Paul Dalton 05 Feb, 2016
So you live in Kentucky and only a few more weeks until spring. Everyone should be happy and feel better about that, right? I think most of us get a sense of relief and hope, and that cognitive energy to bust out of the winter season and get moving. For some, the spring can be a rough time. Depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and relationship issues prevent the spring season from being all that it could be. Following are some reasons that these and other conditions may worsen in the spring, a few resources for you, and some concrete strategies you can implement to help yourself. 

So why do people struggle some in the spring when it should be all flowers and sunshine? 

1. Sleep
Many times the spring season causes a change in our circadian rhythm . The sun wakes you up in the am, it is difficult to keep a routine, and restlessness all contribute to the sleep problem. Our eating in the winter and spring can affect how much we sleep. Caffeine, napping, undereating, and how much we are moving, all contribute to how much we sleep. Spring likely has an effect on melatonin in the body, which aids in sleep. 

Strategies that help are EXERCISE and EATING RIGHT! If you keep moving with the help of  a tool like a Fitbit or utilize regular exercise of 45 minutes or more 4-5 times per week, you are far less likely to have sleep problems. Exercise helps you sleep. Exercise helps you eat better. Eating and sleeping adequately can reduce your stress and fight any symptoms you may have. Eating healthy keeps your mind, body, and spirit in a positive place. When your body is well, your mind has a great chance of being well too. Sounds too simple? Give it a try!

The sleep foundation can help here :  Sleep Foundation Healthy Sleep Tips
Eating Right For Spring
Here is a good link to read on symptoms getting worse in the spring: Spring Makes Symptoms Worse

2. Spring Fever is Real
Our office has existed for over 15 years now. I can tell you that March to May is our busiest time of the year, always. Bipolar disorder, marital infidelity, depression, and anxiety are the main reasons people call us in the spring. The real causes of spring fever include longer days that produce more sunshine and increased energy, changes in hormone production, sleep cycles, nutrition and diet changes, body needs, and possibly, a lack of self care. When we bust of out winter here in Kentucky we sometimes forget that it takes a little time to get our minds and bodies in shape for yard work, spring cleaning, and for many, an increased workload all the way around. Here are some links to let you know spring fever is real. 

Spring Fever
WEB MD-You Give Me Spring Fever
Wiki Spring Fever
Spring Time Bad for Depression

3. Expectations Are High

Sometimes in spring we have been thinking about all the things we should of, could of, would of done if we had lived in San Diego or Florida during our winter days. The reality of being human can set in when we find out that spring has sprung, it is time to get moving, and we don't have the energy or drive to complete our list of high expectations. Many people are disappointed in themselves and these outcomes. Don't worry about it. 

Strategies you can use include setting small attainable goals you can feel good about. Work on your list a little at a time. Make goals that regular people can reach with time built in for you to EXERCISE AND SLEEP. Do a mix of things that you enjoy and are healthy for you while completing your responsibilities. If you deny yourself from pleasure too long, that strategy is likely to backfire. Have a good balanced approach. Use a checklist that has 3 sections. One section is for today. One section is for the week. Reserve one part of the list for things your are really wanting to do. Put a vacation or planned fun activities on a calendar. Look up things you might want to do during that time online. Planning, thinking and dreaming are fine. They keep us hopeful. 

Tiny Buddha Expectations and Disappointment
Expectations at The Silent Blog
Three Ways Expectations Can Hurt You

4. Allergies

If you live in Kentucky, you know about allergies. Kentucky is known to be one of the worst states when it comes to spring and fall allergies.  Louisville is ranked as one of the worst cities in the entire country to live in due to allergies.   Many times people are unaware they are being affected. Sometimes the symptoms are less obvious than a runny nose, cough, and cold like symptoms. Many times people are lethargic, grouchy, have headaches, and have cognitive deficits. The allergic affect we have in Kentucky can quickly turn into a sinus infection, bronchitis, ear infections, and other maladies that make us mentally and physically drained. That flower below can cause us some issues! 

Get to a doctor. Take a seasonal allergy medication. Some are mild, like Allegra (please get your physician's approval before taking allergy medications) and can be taken everyday. Prescription nose sprays may help, but may also have some cognitive or mood altering side effects. Be careful, but don't suffer! Get help from an allergist if you need it. 

Allergy Resources
Pollen Map
How to Beat Spring Allergies by WEB MD
By creekmoremarketing 21 Sep, 2015

Welcome to our website!

Therapy is a great choice. It works, and I hope you make a commitment today to start. Most people find the idea of attending therapy with a therapist or counselor far more scary than the actual process itself. Here is a link that describes how the process works at our locations.

Our therapists are located in Lexington, Frankfort and Richmond, KY. See individual profiles of our therapy providers here . I hire our professionals personally and attempt to provide you with someone that will care about your outcome and treat you well. These are experts at counseling and therapy and provide services you will want to tell others about.

Our clinicians care, and you will know they are different in that respect. Providing therapy in Central Kentucky is much more than a job to our therapists. It is a profession, and a way of life.

Please let us help you today!   Contact us here   or at 859.338.0466 now.


Paul D. Dalton, MS, LPCC, CADC

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