- feeling nervous or afraid
- extreme fear or panic
- muscle tension
- elevated pulse and breathing
- “butterflies in the stomach”
- problems with sleep
- problems concentrating
- obsessive thoughts
when to seek help for anxiety
We all experience anxiety to a degree. Anxiety can be a healthy emotion that motivates us to pay attention to areas of our lives that need attention. High levels of anxiety interfere with social life and work performance, and long-term anxiety is associated with health problems. While some anxiety is appropriate, if your anxiety reduces your performance, or if you experience high levels of anxiety, you would likely benefit from treatment.
Your medical provider may be able to provide medical treatment for your anxiety. If you are having problems with anxiety, your medical provider should be notified to ensure that you do not have a medical condition that is contributing to or creating your symptoms of anxiety. Some medical providers will also prescribe medication to help manage the symptoms of anxiety. An advantage to medical treatment of anxiety is that your provider will also rule out other medical causes of your anxiety, and medication may treat symptoms of anxiety, such as sleep problems. Often, medication alone does not provide long-term relief from anxiety, particularly if there are relationship problems, low self-esteem, or other underlying issues that contribute to anxiety.
Research has found that psychotherapy is highly effective in treating anxiety. Two forms of psychotherapy have been found to be particularly helpful in treating anxiety: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness-based therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy involves learning to change negative thinking patterns and behaviors that cause or contribute to negative emotions. Mindfulness-based therapy involves becoming more aware and accepting of physical sensations.
At Piedmont Counseling Center, our staff members are experts in the treatment of anxiety. Each staff member has over 10 years of experience and several of our therapists have over 20 years of experience.
We have specialized training in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based therapy. Our therapists are committed to serving our patients with compassion and excellence. You will find us to be affirming and friendly.
Scheduling an appointment with us is easy. The following link will take you to our scheduling page. We want you to have the opportunity of asking questions about our services so you can feel comfortable that our services are right for you. You are welcome to send us a message and our office manager will contact you. You may also call us at 336-293-7406. Our office manager takes calls Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm. If you are not able to reach her immediately, please leave a message and she will return your call promptly.