Anxiety Treatment

Are Your Anxious Thoughts Growing More and More Disruptive?

  • Are you struggling with persistent fear and worry?
  • Is it increasingly difficult for you to engage with the present moment?
  • Do you feel distracted at work and disconnected at home?
  • Do you struggle to slow your mind, especially at night?
  • Have you experienced physical symptoms that seem to have no medical cause, such as a racing heart, an upset stomach and shortness of breath?
  • Do you wish you could quiet your mind, stop feeling stressed out all the time and begin to enjoy life more?

Women Anxiety Treatment - Hilo, HI - Stephanie Dodge, PhD

Living with anxiety can be an exhausting, discouraging and isolating experience. Perhaps you feel frustrated, because worries and dread are preventing you from doing the things you want and need to do, such as going to the grocery store or completing a work assignment. You might not seize opportunities when they arise because you believe you will fail. You may feel ashamed of your worry, especially if you have had a panic attack in public. Perhaps you used to have panic attacks only occasionally, but now they are more and more frequent, and you avoid situations and experiences out of fear that you will have one again. Maybe it seems as thought the people around you live with such ease, and you wonder if you are broken in some way.

You might wake up each morning already overwhelmed by thoughts about everything you need to do in the day and all the ways things might go wrong. You may feel as though your tasks are impossible, and you have to force yourself to do things that others seem to find simple. Maybe you are always worried about your relationship, job, finances or family. Perhaps you struggle to fall asleep at night and wake up throughout the night, leaving you tired and irritable before your day has even begun. You may have heard your children echo some of your worries, and now you fear that you are teaching them to be anxious as well. You might just be tired of the impact that anxiety has over every area of your life.

Many People Struggle With Anxiety

If you feel worn down by anxious thoughts and feelings, you are not alone. About 18 percent of American adults have a diagnosed anxiety disorder, and most people experience some level of anxiety at some point in their lives. The human stress response was developed at a time when the world was much different than our current, hectic, modern day life, and we are set up to respond to infrequent, extreme moments of danger. Today, we face stressors all day long, which can leave many of us feeling hyper alert and on edge, even when no immediate danger exists.

It is completely normal to feel worried before a job interview or a presentation. Many people also feel anxious when facing a significant life transition, such as a move, the birth of a child or the approach of retirement. However, when that anxiety begins to grow, disrupt your ability to make positive choices in your life and cause you mental, physical and emotional distress and, it may be time to seek help. Thankfully, with help and support, you can develop ways to live with greater ease, optimism and peace of mind.

Anxiety Treatment Can Empower You to Live the Life You Want

If you are experiencing anxiety for the first time, don’t delay in seeking help. The longer anxiety persists, the more deeply it can become entrenched in the mind and body. However, even if you have struggled with anxiety for most of your life, therapy can help you disrupt the patterns of negative thinking that you may feel stuck in.

During anxiety treatment sessions, you can develop the skills you need to relax, tone down your hyper-alert panic system and address and challenge the thoughts that can feed into a panic attack. You can begin to feel prepared to do the things that feel frightening, difficult or impossible now. In a thoughtful, methodical way, I can help you retrain your body and panic system so that the world doesn’t seem as scary. You can start to expand your life and embrace all the joy and possibility available to you.

In sessions, I will create a warm, non-judgmental environment in which you can feel comfortable sharing openly and honestly. I have a great deal of experience working in integrated care, where I saw anxiety manifest itself in physical symptoms, such as ulcers, stomach issues and high blood pressure. I can help you reduce and prevent these symptoms. And, if you decide that you would like to try medication, I can help you talk to your doctor about options and navigate the complications of medical care. I am also experienced in working with many different age groups, which means I understand the ways in which anxiety can develop and become ingrained in an individual. No matter how intense your symptoms of anxiety may feel right now, it is not your fault, and you are not broken.

You can stop feeling shame and self-blame and begin to feel equipped to do all the things you’ve wanted. You can develop tools that will help you relax, discover interests and desires that are not fear-based and enjoy a fulfilling life, perhaps for the first time. With help, lasting relief is possible.

You may believe that anxiety treatment can help you feel better and function with greater ease, but still have questions or concerns…

I know someone who became hooked on meds, and now she goes from doctor to doctor looking for more.

There are some medications that are very good for helping people with short-term anxiety. However, if these medications are taken over too long a period of time, they can eventually become addictive and make anxiety worse. In many cases, therapy alone can be just as effective as medication. And, there are other anxiety-reducing medications that do not have those negative side effects. Medication is completely your choice, and I would never force you to try it if you don’t want to. If you would like to try medication, I can help you speak to your doctors about your needs and concerns.

It’s already hard for me to get out of the house for errands. How will I get to therapy sessions?

While I understand that it may be frightening to come in for the first session, I’ve had clients tell me that coming to sessions is like visiting a nice lady’s living room. Many people who struggle with severe anxiety find that attending therapy sessions helps them reduce their anxiety symptoms about meeting new people. You can begin to let go of some of your fears about the bad things that could happen or negative things others could say or think about you. By taking a brave step forward and coming to therapy, you can begin to experience the world as a less frightening place.

I am already stressed about money. How will I afford anxiety treatment?

If you have Quest, you will not have to worry about any charge or co-pay. If you have insurance with a co-pay, that co-pay for anxiety treatment  will be the same one you are charged at the doctor’s. If money is a big concern for you, we can work out a payment schedule together.

As you are able to engage more and more in world, you are likely to find that you can be more productive at work and even return to work if anxiety has prevented you from maintaining employment. I also invite you to consider how much cheaper therapy can be than a visit to the emergency room during a panic attack. Therapy is an investment in your long-term well-being.

If you are ready to start living the life you want, I invite you to call (808) 747 3445 for a free 15-20-minute phone consultation. I’m happy to answer questions you have about anxiety treatment and my practice.

Other Information:

National Institute of Mental Health: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): When Worry Gets Out of Control

National Institute of Mental Health: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: When Unwanted Thoughts Take Over

National Institute of Mental Health: Panic Disorder: When Fear Overwhelms

National Institute of Mental Health: Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder): Always Embarrassed

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