GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
Mental Health Services in Greenwich, Darien, Westport, Westchester, and Surrounding Areas in Connecticut and New York
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized Anxiety Disorders involves excessive worry about a broad range of issues (e.g., finances, health, grades, relationships) that can take up a lot of time and can be very difficult to control or disconnect from. Further, those struggling with GAD often experience persistent physical symptoms of anxiety, such as: heart racing, muscle tension, restlessness, fatigue, concentration difficulties, irritability, sleep disturbance, and stomach aches.
How do I treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder? We treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is the treatment approach with the most research support. We also incorporate mindfulness and acceptance-based strategies.
What does the treatment look like? The basic premise underlying CBT is that thoughts, feelings and behaviors are inter-related, so altering how one thinks and behaves can decrease anxiety (e.g., changing unhelpful thinking will lead to less anxiety). In therapy, we will work with you to identify unhelpful patterns of thinking and teach you to respond to these thoughts differently. We will also use behavioral strategies such as scheduling "worry time", planning pleasurable activities, relaxation training, and planning pleasurable activities.