Can A Therapist For Anxiety Help?
Finding a therapist for anxiety can be helpful in many ways. First of all, many individuals do not understand what anxiety is in the first place. Without this general knowledge, how can a person actually change. Finding the right therapist is the key. Not all are created equal. For instance, one person may experience in their sessions a lot of talking, while another may do a lot of behavioral work outside of the office.
A therapist for anxiety can be a benefit. I get asked by almost every patient I see, “why do I feel anxiety? Where did it come from?” "Is it because I'm depressed?" This is very important to figure out. There are many theories, guesses and science. In short. The brain circuitry that controls a threat response goes haywire. It sends signals to your amygdala that says that you are in danger or need to be alert.
Early life events, especially traumatic ones, can impact this circuitry. It may cause it to be oversensitive and send out alarms too frequently.
How Do I Know If My Anxiety Alarm System Is Correct?
I moved into a home that had smoke alarms on every level and room of the house. Often when we would be cooking it would go off blaring. Of course, we knew better but still went outside where we could get some peace and quiet until it turned off. We would then go back into the home; hoping it wouldn’t go off again. This was a normal occurrence, sometimes just waiting and predicting that the alarm was going to go off. Not only did this interfere with our life in the moment, it interfered with my children as well as they did not know how to handle it.
After a while, we purchased a smart smoke alarm. When we would be cooking, I would be alerted on my phone. “Your smoke alarm will go off in 5 seconds. If this is not a fire please push this button.” I would push the button and wait. No alarm. My phone would continue to ask questions. “are you cooking dinner?” “Do you cook with oil.” “I notice it 5pm, do you tend to cook around this time?”.
What I discovered is that my smart smoke alarm recognized it was sending off too many false signals. Once I spent the time to actually teach it, it stopped going off.
Finding A Therapist For Anxiety Can Help Calm Down the False Alarms
How often do we spent time to actually teach our brain that these anxiety signals are false? Most of the time we run or make our self feel more comfortable. We are programed to react to what our body is telling us. If I feel anxiety, I am going to want to figure out why and how I can get out of it. This is the fight or flight mode that we can get stuck in.
Ultimately, anxiety should not be felt unless you are in immediate danger. Your child is running in the road. The bear is running after you. You actually are in the burning building. You are teetering over a cliff. Anxiety is brought in these moments as a warning to back way, get your child, or run.
So why in the world are we reacting to a thought, feeling or emotion when we can clearly distinguish that we are not in immediate danger. Because our brain is telling us to. It is time to take control and teach your brain that it is sending false alarms and you’re no longer going to react. This is the benefit of a therapist for anxiety. To help you start your journey to get your life back.
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I have been practicing for the past 10 years. I'd like to talk about what is on my mind as a therapist. In turn, I hope to help my readers and clients.