Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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We all feel anxious at times. We can be concerned about things that have happened or things that may happen. Fear can make us irritable or lead to restless nights. What distinguishes anxiety from an anxiety disorder is the amount of disturbances that cause your worries in your daily life. People with generalized anxiety disorder tend to be overly and constantly concerned about a range of issues, such as health, anxiety, money matters, and work or school performance. Furthermore, these individuals find it difficult to control their concerns.
Many people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder feel that their concerns are “out of control” and will make them sick or even mad. These concerns are expressed through a number of different symptoms that have a strong impact on a person’s normal daily life. These symptoms include:

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Low energy
  • Muscle tension
  • Concentration problems
  • Difficulty sleeping

Many people with generalized anxiety disorder say that they have been “caretakers” all their lives. Chronic worry can take its toll, opening the door to a range of other problems including depression, and physical complaints such as muscle tension and gastrointestinal disorders.

In addition, many who have this problem find that they avoid others for fear of rejection, or become over-dependent on others because they lack confidence. This cycle of avoidance and dependence can significantly disrupt a person’s interpersonal relationships and cause problems in school or the workplace.

At the Institute for Bodymind Integration we treat anxiety disorders through (body-oriented) psychotherapy (recognition BVP-ABP, EABP, EAP, VVPMT) by helping our clients to gain control over their lives. Our goals are to train the client to reduce the general level of anxiety arousal, to decrease anxiety, and to help the patient reduce anxiety to an acceptable level. As with all our work, we approach the treatment of anxiety from different angles.

Relaxation, Grounding and Body-awareness works on teaching specific anxiety management skills. The client is helped to become more aware of the inner processes that contribute to anxiety, thus teaching the client to gain better control over these processes.
Individual therapy: Individual work teaches the client to distinguish productive and non-productive concerns, helping the client to challenge his “belief systems” that contribute to anxiety. The function of fear in the personal growth process is clarified.
Group therapy: works by placing the client in a safe and structured social environment, allowing him / her to continue work with other group members. The social component of group therapy can be invaluable in addressing interpersonal difficulties that often accompany anxiety.

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