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Living with Anxiety

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Anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can manifest in different ways, including excessive worry, fear, and physical symptoms such as muscle tension and increased heart rate.

Living with anxiety can be challenging, but it’s important to understand that you are not alone. With proper support and treatment, recovery is possible. Call 866.430.9267 or contact Evoke Wellness at Hilliard online to learn about our anxiety treatment program and how we can help.

Living with Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are vast and varied, each presenting its own set of challenges. Those living with an anxiety disorder often endure physiological and psychological effects that can disrupt daily life. Here are some of the most common types:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

GAD is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable worry about various aspects of life, often without any identifiable stimulus. The constant and excessive worrying can lead to physical symptoms such as tension, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD entails repetitive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to the urge to carry out certain behaviors (compulsions). These can interfere with daily activities and cause significant distress even when the individual recognizes that the obsessions or compulsions are excessive or unreasonable.

Panic Disorder

Panic disorder involves the sudden onset of intense fear or terror, often accompanied by physical symptoms like chest pain, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. These ‘panic attacks’ can occur at any time, even during relaxed states.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Those with social anxiety disorder fear social situations where they might be judged or scrutinized by others. It goes beyond mere shyness and can be debilitating, causing individuals to avoid social events and interactions altogether.


Specific phobias are intense, irrational fears of particular objects or situations, such as fear of heights, animals, or flying. When confronted with the object of their phobia, individuals may experience extreme levels of anxiety and, in some cases, even panic attacks.

Each of these conditions carries its own unique set of symptoms and can be profoundly disruptive.

Overcoming Anxiety with Treatment and Professional Support

While anxiety disorders can be lifelong, they are highly treatable. Professional treatments, such as therapy, medication, and support groups, can significantly reduce symptoms. Here’s how these treatments can work to alleviate the burden of anxiety:

  • Therapy – Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common form of therapy that is particularly effective in managing anxiety. It helps individuals recognize and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their anxiety. Exposure therapy, a type of CBT, is also used to help individuals confront their fears in a safe and controlled environment.
  • Medication – Several types of medications, such as SSRIs, SNRIs, and benzodiazepines, can be used to treat anxiety. These medications can reduce the severity of symptoms and help individuals manage their condition, particularly when used in conjunction with therapy.
  • Support groups – Support groups provide a safe space for individuals with anxiety to share their experiences and strategies for coping.
  • Self-help – Self-help techniques, such as deep breathing, mindfulness, and regular exercise, can also be beneficial in managing anxiety.

The path to healing from anxiety often involves a combination of these treatments tailored to meet the individual’s personal needs.

Anxiety doesn’t have to be a life sentence. If you or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, reaching out for professional help is a significant step toward reclaiming a sense of peace and normalcy.

Get Help for Anxiety Today — Contact Evoke Wellness at Hilliard

Understanding the nuances of anxiety and the treatments available is crucial in improving the mental health of those affected. With tailored programs and a commitment to your well-being, Evoke Wellness at Hilliard is prepared to help you on your recovery journey. Call 866.430.9267 or contact us online today.