Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
You enjoy a challenge, have creativity and drive, and know you’re going to accomplish a lot in your lifetime. But the same energy that made you so productive, is also forcing you to constantly watch the clock and hate ambiguity. People tell you, “you’re doing a great job”, but you’re secretly worried about a number of different things.
You can be high in the “self-doubt” category, as long as you’re equally as high in the “self-awareness” and “compassion” categories.
What Can Generalized Anxiety Look Like?
Difficulty Controlling Worry
If your inner monologue makes you feel like you’re living in a constant “what-if” scenario, you’re chronically tired, and tense, you may have Generalized Anxiety.
This can cause us to lead our lives our without self-care, cope with stress in unhealthy ways, and search for connection and acceptance in unfulfilling places.
How do we treat this?
We’ll take a look at some of the thought processes that drive unhelpful patterns and create new helpful ways of thinking. Restructuring pays particular attention to thoughts that are distorted, irrational, biased and self-defeating. We will practice evaluating thoughts, gathering evidence, reappraising, and generating alternative thoughts so our behaviors align more with our goals.
A part of worry is expecting the worst possible outcome without testing or exposing ourselves to the things that we fear, because we assume a negative outcome. We will practice gradually exposing ourselves to different types of worries to test predictions.
Relaxation and Stress Management
Inoculating ourselves against high pressure situations (stress) with relaxation training and early stress intervention (such as Diaphragmatic Breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation) can be beneficial in reducing or making anxiety adaptive.
Empowerment and Self Awareness
Recognize the bravery, strength and courage that it takes to get out of bed everyday and be YOU. Realize that you are a force to be reckoned with when you harness your own power. We separate the things we do from who we are as an individual because we are always worth more than our fears, regrets, and to-do lists. Knowing yourself and treating that same self kindly, while you are learning is foundational. Gaining self-awareness often leaves us feeling vulnerable, but that same vulnerability allows us to have deeper connections with others, feel emotions, and create goals that fit our changing needs. Let’s talk about different ways you honor yourself.
The anxiety and fear that tells you it is too painful to be honest can also be taught to say, you are worthy, loved, and powerful. Instead of feeding the shame and guilt, we start to feed the compassion.