Anxiety

Why Nsight Psychology and Addiction Anxiety

Anxiety can be one of the most paralyzing emotions that one can feel and extremely frightening when experienced as panic. Most can recognize a time in their life where they have felt worry and fear that included restlessness, feeling on edge, irritability, and made it difficult to sleep.

As Panic, one may experience racing heart, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, and fatigue. Panic usually comes without warning and often leads to a trip to the emergency room as one may feel that they are having a heart attack. Symptoms of anxiety often cause impairment in relationships, work, and social settings. At times the distress may reach a point where the individual withdraws from others and no longer functions productively. Often caused by a specific life stressor and develop into a pattern of avoidance in an effort to minimize the pain. Since anxiety can result from various stressors and present in different ways common diagnoses include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Unfortunately the use of substances including alcohol, drugs and prescription medications become the solution to reduce the symptoms but fail to address the problem.

Anxiety can be characterized by an excessive fear and worry and is experienced as uncontrollable. One can feel that they are helpless in avoiding the symptoms and powerless to manage them. “While the experience of anxiety is a normal part of life and may serve to alert one to use caution, the desire to escape may lead to a pattern of behavior that is destructive instead of productive” states Dr. Gerald Grosso, Clinical Director at Nsight Psychology and Addiction. Alcohol, drugs, and prescription medication are all proficient in minimizing the symptoms experienced with anxiety and panic but often create a maladaptive pattern of coping that can make matters worse. When individuals use these substances their intent is understandable and consequences of dependence are unintended. Focus on symptoms reduction diminishes the opportunity to develop the coping skills to effectively manage the problems, the anxiety and stressors, and build confidence to proactively control the outcome. Dr. Grosso notes that events in life that cause anxiety may present in one way or another but development of the skills to manage anxiety can help one to overcome and resolve any situation that is distressing. The ability to find solutions creates confidence and decreases worry and fear.

Treatment to effectively address Anxiety, Panic, Post Traumatic Stress and the events that have led up to them can help one to proactively manage stressors and symptoms while building confidence in oneself to minimize there effect in the future. Reach out for information on psychotherapeutic treatment as medications such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium, and other Benzodiazapines are helpful with symptoms management but don’t address the underlying problems. Participation in treatment involving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Solution Focused Therapy, all Evidenced Based Practices, can help one effectively manage anxiety and trauma that negatively impacts their lives. Call a treatment center or your doctor for a referral as Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists and other mental health professional are there to help.

Dr. Grosso serves as Clinical Director for NSIGHT Psychology and Addiction in Newport Beach California.

Additional Reading:
National Institute of Mental Health – Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety & Depression Association of America – Understanding the Facts of Anxiety Disorders and Depression is the First Step

NSIGHT Psychology and Addiction is an emotionally focused treatment program that emphasizes the underlying mental health and emotional issues that precede and reinforce addiction in order to create lasting change.

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