Anxiety affects more than 30% of teens and adults, making it the most common mental health challenge in America today. As a licensed independent mental health practitioner, Traci Ober, LIMHP, LPC, at Tranquil Spaces Counseling, helps people of all ages overcome anxiety and regain a thriving life. Traci offers integrative care that draws from a range of therapies, including neurofeedback. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment, call the office in Norfolk or Plainview, Nebraska, or use the online booking feature today.
Anxiety is a normal feeling that arises when you face a challenging, stressful, or threatening situation. Everyday anxiety develops from all types of circumstances, from a job interview or first date to taking a test or giving a speech. Once you face the challenge, your anxiety disappears.
Normal anxiety turns into a more serious problem or anxiety disorder when it occurs frequently or constantly. When you can't shake the dread or your days revolve around avoiding the people, places, or events that cause your anxiety, it's time to consider counseling.
There are different anxiety disorders based on the things that trigger your worry or fear. The five most common anxiety disorders include:
If you have GAD, your anxiety occurs over any and all daily events, causing uncontrollable worry even when you don't face a specific threat.
This disorder causes intense anxiety when you meet new people, must perform in front of others, or you go to public places.
Separation anxiety disorder can affect adults as well as children. In many cases, your anxiety comes from the fear that harm will come to you or the significant people in your life while you're apart.
This is an irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation. A few examples include the fear of heights, spiders, and needles.
Agoraphobia refers to anxiety that appears when you leave home alone or while in a crowd.
In addition to worry and fear, anxiety often comes together with other symptoms, including:
You can also have a panic attack, which comes on suddenly and causes frightening physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain, and profuse sweating.
The primary treatments for anxiety include psychotherapy, anti-anxiety medications, or both. Therapy focuses on helping you identify and change the thoughts that trigger anxiety or become desensitized to fears.
Traci specializes in other effective treatment options such as neurofeedback. Neurofeedback retrains your brain using computer programs that show your brain in action and allow you to learn to change your brainwaves.
Brainwave recordings show that certain areas of the brain are hyperactive in people with anxiety. With ongoing neurofeedback sessions, you rewire your brain and restore normal nerve activity. As a result, your anxiety diminishes and you regain control of your life.
If you need help for anxiety, call Tranquil Spaces Counseling or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.