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Anxiety Disorder Treatments for Trauma & Loss

Anxiety is a common reaction to loss, traumatic events and feeling out of control... 

And often, it looks something like this:

  • Frequent panic attacks

  • Generalized anxiety

  • Social anxiety

  • Feeling unsafe

  • Fear of intimacy

  • Distrust of others

  • Worrying about yourself or your loved one's health, etc.

Worried person; anxiety disorder treatment for trauma and loss

Anxiety disorders usually don't just come out of nowhere

It makes sense that you've developed anxiety after losing a loved one or experiencing trauma. You might had been very attached to the person that abruptly left your life, either from death or some other circumstance Sometimes it started in your childhood, if you had chaotic environments with family members or other people acting unpredictably and dangerously around you. Perhaps instead, it started with being mistreated out in the world, either being bullied at school or work, sexually assaulted, raped, harassed, robbed or being in physically or emotionally abusive relationships. Having a life-threatening health condition like arrhythmia can make people anxious. And then, there are people who are just born with an anxious predisposition.

Anxiety disorder treatments can alleviate your anxiety; you don't have to live with it forever!

The good news is that you can receive treatment for anxiety disorders and address your prolonged grief or trauma head on. Anxiety is important for helping you survive traumatic situations, or alerting you to the fact that someone important to you is gone. Often, they raise a feeling of insecurity that could have started in your attachment to your parents or caregivers when you were very small. As you know, it is exhausting and unhealthy to live with anxiety on an ongoing basis. When your thoughts race with "what if..." and you find yourself short of breath, dizzy, or agitated, it's a sign that you're living in the future emotionally rather than the present. It's understandable to want to avoid getting hurt or having something bad happen to you if it's already happened in the past. The problem is, the worry keeps you prisoner because that is all you can see for yourself. Anxiety blocks out the positive possibilities.

Solution Focused Therapy, Ericksonian hypnosis, and EMDR therapy all address anxiety disorders effectively. If you can learn to relax, challenge your thinking, expect a greater range of possibilities, and sooth yourself in healthy ways, you'll get the upper hand on your anxiety. You don't have to live the rest of your life in fear!

Increasingly, young and old are becoming anxious. Children, adolescents and adults can all struggle with uncertainty, social anxiety, and worry. Let's give you tools that help you overcome anxiety and manage it. Don't let anxiety push you around and scare you anymore. Please give me a call: 661-233-6771.

 

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