It’s normal to have feelings of anxiety occasionally; however, if it is a chronic problem that affects your daily life, you may have an anxiety disorder. Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, in Encino, California, provides individualized and compassionate therapy for those struggling with an anxiety disorder. To get help for your anxiety, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Anxiety refers to the feelings of fear, unease, or worry that happen under stressful situations. Your anxiety may also trigger physical symptoms, such as excessive sweating or a rapid heartbeat.
These feelings are normal and usually go away once the stressful situation is over. However, if you have persistent feelings of unease, dread, or worry that affect your day-to-day life, you may be struggling with an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are mental health conditions that affect up to 40 million people in the United States; it’s not a problem you just “get over.” Like other mental health conditions, anxiety disorders benefit from treatment, including psychotherapy.
There are many types of anxiety disorders. Some of the more common include:
GAD causes excessive fear, worry, or unease about everyday things such as health, work, or bills.
Phobias are anxiety disorders that cause excessive fear about situations or things, such as fear of flying or spiders. Though it’s normal to have some anxiety over particular conditions or objects, with a phobia, the intensity of the fear far outweighs the actual danger.
With a panic disorder, you have frequent, unexpected panic attacks. A panic attack causes paralyzing fear that develops suddenly and lasts a few minutes. During a panic attack, you may also have heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, or chest pain.
Dr. Jaffe is an experienced psychotherapist and takes an individualized approach to care. He listens intently to your story during your first visit, asking questions to understand your needs and goals better.
He then talks to you about your therapy needs, including areas he’d like to focus on. Then, together, you decide the frequency of your therapy sessions.
Dr. Jaffe uses various therapeutic techniques to help you better understand your anxiety disorder and develop strategies to improve your emotional response to stress, including clinical hypnosis when appropriate. He continues treatment for as long as you need help.
Anxiety disorders may affect your ability to manage your daily life. For expert care, call the office of Robert Jaffe, Ph.D, LMFT, or schedule a consultation online today.