Anxiety Treatment in New York City
Mental Health Professionals in Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx
Comprehensive Counseling is a multi-site group of independently licensed mental health professionals with offices in Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and the Bronx. For nearly 50 years, Comprehensive has been a trusted mental health resource in communities in New York City.
Comprehensive Counseling also provides a wide range of teletherapy services for various mental challenges and conditions. Using their expertise and many years of training, our licensed therapists will work with patients to find treatment methods that work best for them and their unique situations.
It is normal at times to feel anxious or worried. Sometimes these feelings can even interfere with daily activities or make it difficult to carry out a normal routine. You may even avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings from occurring.
The good news is that there are effective treatments today to help manage symptoms and improve the quality of life for those suffering from anxiety. If anxiety is disrupting your day-to-day life, contact Comprehensive Counseling LCSW to discuss treatment options with a specialist at our offices in NYC & Long Island. Our clinicians offer both in-person therapy and services via telehealth. Contact us today!
What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?
Symptoms of anxiety may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.
- Feelings of apprehension or dread
- Feeling tense or jumpy
- Restlessness or irritability
- Anticipating the worst
- Being watchful for signs of danger
- Pounding or racing heart and shortness of breath
- Tremors and twitches
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Upset stomach, frequent urination, or diarrhea
Types of Anxiety
There are several different types of anxiety. These include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)-exaggerated worry about everyday life
- Social anxiety disorder-intense fear about social interaction
- Phobias-places, events, or objects create powerful reactions of strong, irrational fear
- Agoraphobia-a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless, or embarrassed
- Selective mutism– a severe anxiety disorder where a person is unable to speak in certain social situations, such as with classmates at school or to relatives they do not see very often
- Separation anxiety disorder– fear of being separated from a particular person, persons, or even a pet
- Substance/medication-induced anxiety disorder, involving intoxication or withdrawal or medication treatment
- Panic Disorder- frequent/unexpected panic attacks, excessive worry for a month or longer about another attack, or debilitating fear, the attacks are not connected with another mental health condition or substance use
What is the Treatment for Anxiety?
Psychotherapy is an effective treatment for anxiety disorders. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness are just two of the many methods used in psychotherapy to treat anxiety.
Medication is also available as a treatment option for anxiety and may involve antidepressants and/or benzodiazepines. These medications help to balance brain and body chemistry, reduce the number of anxiety episodes, and curb the severity of symptoms. Talk to your doctor to see if medication is the best route to treat your anxiety.
When Should I Make an Appointment for Anxiety?
If your anxiety is interfering with your family, work, or everyday life, you should seek professional help.
Talking to a medical professional can help if your fear or worry is unmanageable or you feel like it is getting out of control. Your worries may not go away on their own, and they may get worse over time if you don’t seek help. Six months is a good measure to see if things are improving or getting worse.
If you have suicidal thoughts or behaviors, seek emergency treatment immediately.
See a provider if your anxiety has an adverse effect on your life or your relationships. It’s easier to treat if you get help early. The ultimate goal is to bring about improvements in your everyday life.