Receiving anxiety treatment in Texas is now easier with the use of mental health services over the internet. Anxiety treatment consists of understanding your anxiety and then identifying the most appropriate treatment technique to decrease your symptoms. Traditional therapies that were previously used in an office setting, can now be used over the internet with the same success rate. When attending a therapy session with Mindset Therapy, PLLC, you will connect via a secure link while using your computer, smartphone, or tablet. Sessions are face-to-face over video conferencing which allows for a personalized experience with your therapist in a location most convenient for you. By attending your appointment over the internet, you remove obstacles such as travel time to the appointment, lack of quality care in your community, and the stigma of being seen at the therapist’s office. Sessions over the internet also give you the most flexibility in attending your appointment. When treating anxiety over the internet, you choose the time and location most comfortable for you.
Understanding anxiety can help you understand whether treatment with Mindset Therapy is the most appropriate choice for you. The word anxiety is a broad term that means many different things to people. Common ways people refer to anxiety is “stress”, “nerves being shot”, low patience, “I’m worried”, “I’m afraid”, and “I can’t do that”. Anxietycan affect physical, emotional, and cognitive (thinking) components of your body. Common symptoms of anxiety include: worry, fatigue, sleep problems, feeling on edge, low patience, startling easy, sweating, increased heart rate, thinking something bad will happen, irritability, nausea, and difficulty concentrating. The degree of impact on your life varies from person to person, and changes over time. Each symptom on its own may not be significant, but an increasing number of symptoms and greater impact on your life suggests your anxiety would benefit from treatment so that you can lead a more relaxed life.It is often helpful to seek guidance from those close to you to determine whether you have experienced any of the above symptoms because it is often difficult to notice things in ourselveswhen they develop slowly.
While treating anxiety doesn’t always require a professional, it is important to recognize your anxiety as soon as possible to have better success in reducing your anxiety. One difficulty in recognizing anxiety is that it is insidious, or creeps up slowly. Due to the slow worsening of your anxiety, you unconsciously start to modify your environment to reduce your anxiety and feel better. However, this only acts to reinforce and strengthen your anxiety. For example, if you are afraid of spiders and avoid the outdoors to prevent seeing a spider, you may start to also avoid the garage or certain rooms in your house for fear of seeing a spider. You may even avoid theme parks and other activities outsidewhere you would be unlikely to see a spider. By doing this, you have increased/worsened your anxiety and your anxiety now determines how you live your life. What started as a fear of spiders has developed into you limiting your behaviors to reduce your anxiety. Avoidance is a common way people reduce their anxiety, but the avoidance only worsens the anxiety. Anxiety can also take the form of worry, which is thoughts. Worry involves being “prepared” for things and thinking of various possible outcomes and scenarios to prepare. While preparation is good, worry becomes non-productive. Worrying includes “planning” for a problem that is not clearly defined and does not have a solution. When people worry, it is in an attempt to gain control over their life. However, they begin to feel out of control because of all the possible outcomes they have come up with for the issue. When avoidance and worry begin to affect your behaviors, mood, and physical functioning, you should consider help from a professional.
When making changes on your own is not enough to reduce your anxiety, seeking help from a professional can be successful. The anxiety treatment process includes meeting with your therapist to learn more about your anxiety. Is your anxiety related to a thought or worry? Is your anxiety related to an object or activity? Once you and your therapist learn more about your anxiety, you will discuss the best treatment options to include cognitive-behavioral therapy or exposure therapy, both of which are highly successful in reducing your anxiety. Treatment of anxiety includes working with the thoughts that maintain the worry and avoidance and learning different ways to think about your anxious thought or object. Treatment for anxiety can be difficult because the therapist is asking you to face the thing you have been avoiding, however, this is required for success. Just as physical therapy after a surgery can be painful, it is necessary for a full recovery of the joint. Through open communication with your therapist, you will learn ways to reduce the anxiety in a safe environment at a pace you are most comfortable with.
Anxiety is overwhelming and can be debilitating. When anxious, doing everyday tasks becomes more difficult and it is hard to fit in treatment to better yourself. However, the longer your anxiety goes untreated, the more it will affect your life. When you choose Mindset Therapy, PLLC as your treatment choice for your anxiety, stressors that have prevented you from receiving treatment before are removed. The sessions are conducted over the internet from a location of your choice. You will attend your appointment via your computer, smartphone, or tablet via face-to-face video teleconferencing. This saves you travel time to/from the appointment, need to find childcare while you go to your appointment, and decreases a stigma of being seen at the therapist’s office. Traditional therapies in an office have been found to be equal in creating change when compared to telepsychology services such as those provided by Mindset Therapy. Mindset Therapy fits with your life, making the treatment process more accessible. As the world becomes more digital and services come to you, choose Mindset Therapy as your therapy choice.