Anxiety Therapy & Treatment on Long Island
If you are looking to receive therapy for an anxiety disorder on Long Island, South Bay Counseling LCSW PC is ready to help you control your anxiety today. We provide treatments for anxiety in Amityville, NY. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder. In fact, anxiety therapy can be used to treat the six different types of anxiety disorders: generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder (commonly known as panic attacks), post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety disorder. Each disorder has their own list of symptoms and characteristics and can have negative impacts on people’s lives.
What causes an anxiety disorder?
Anxiety can be caused by several factors, such as upbringing, stress, trauma, and deficient coping skills as well as biological factors. This specific disorder interferes with the ability to live a normal life and is considered a mental illness.
How are anxiety disorders diagnosed?
Your anxiety therapist will ask questions that are specific to anxiety disorders which will enable the diagnosis if certain criteria are met. All patients undergo an evaluation to rule out mental illness. Our anxiety therapy specialists will go over your patient reports and check your symptoms and observe your behavior.
What are the symptoms of an anxiety attack?
Anxiety attacks, more commonly referred to as panic attacks, have many symptoms. Common symptoms include:
- shallow breathing
- pounding heartbeat
- fear of dying or of “going crazy”
How effective are treatments? How long does it take to see results?
Talk Therapy and/or medication can be very helpful to the anxious person seeking treatment. Results can be seen quickly—though longer term therapy maybe indicated for better results.
What treatment options are available?
You can start therapy first to see if that is all that’s necessary to help relieve symptoms. Your therapist may also suggest you speak to your doctor or see a psychiatrist for additional options. A combination of treatments may be recommended to you depending on the type of disorder:
- Dietary and lifestyle changes
- Relaxation Therapy
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Can you prescribe medication for anxiety disorders?
We do not have medical doctors on staff. We can suggest that you start with your PCP to see if he or she can prescribe medication. Alternatively, they may suggest a psychiatrist in your area.
Behavioral therapy for anxiety treatment on Long Island
Depending on the type of anxiety disorder, therapists at South Bay Counseling LCSW PC will use different types of anxiety therapy including cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, and exposure therapy. By engaging in talk therapy, we hope to discover the true cause of your worries and fears and teach you the proper ways to handle these situations when they occur. Our primary goal is to help you control your anxiety, prevent worrisome thoughts, and conquer your irrational fears.
If you feel that you suffer from an anxiety disorder, or if someone in your family might be suffering, give us a call at (631) 264-0058 or fill out our appointment request form to schedule an appointment.