We treat both Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder with great success. Using our holistic therapy approach, clients can be panic attack free in approximately six weeks.  Neurofeedback therapy also provides another powerful tool for treating these disorders. Research has associated alpha brainwave enhancement with reduction of anxiety levels in those chronically anxious people who have a deficit in alpha production.

WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety impacts millions of people yearly in the United States.  Often we can work out our fears and concerns, but sometimes we find ourselves in the grip of anxiety.  In order to understand when anxiety is within normal limits and when it is dysfunctional, it can be helpful to look at the guidelines trained therapists use to make the distinction.  The American Psychological Association outlines the following criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

At least 6 months of “excessive anxiety and worry” about a variety of events and situations. Generally, “excessive” can be interpreted as more than would be expected for a particular situation or event.

Significant difficulty in controlling the anxiety and worry. If someone has a very difficult struggle to regain control, relax, or cope with the anxiety and worry, then this requirement is met.

The presence for most days over the previous six months of 3 or more (only 1 for children) of the following symptoms:

  • Feeling wound-up, tense, or restless

  • Easily becoming fatigued or worn-out

  • Concentration problems

  • Irritability

  • Significant tension in muscles

  • Difficulty with sleep

The symptoms are not part of another mental disorder.

The symptoms cause “clinically significant distress” or problems functioning in daily life. “Clinically significant” is the part that relies on the perspective of a professional therapist.

The condition is not due to a substance or medical issue

While only a professional can diagnosis generalized anxiety disorder, if you meet the above criteria it may be beneficial to contact a professional therapist or counselor for help.  In addition to Neurofeedback, a therapist familiar with Cognitive Behavior Therapy can be very helpful when dealing with anxiety related issues.

 

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Brownback, Mason and Associates is a group of therapists who treat ADD, ADHD and a variety of disorders in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, Pennsylvania. We have been serving the Lehigh Valley area for more than 40 years.