Mental Health Counseling located in Gilbert, AZ


About Anxiety

Anxiety is such a normal part of daily life that it can get overwhelming before you realize you need help. When you rearrange your life to avoid the people, places, and activities that cause anxiety, it’s time to talk with the experienced therapists at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC. They’ve helped many children and adults overcome anxiety with therapy and holistic techniques such as mindfulness. When anxiety disrupts your life and happiness, don’t wait to seek help. Call the office in Gilbert, Arizona, or request an in-person or telehealth appointment online today.

Anxiety Q&A

What type of anxiety disorder could I develop?

There are six primary anxiety disorders:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder and panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Agoraphobia

The team at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC also helps people struggling with conditions that aren’t included in the group of anxiety disorders even though they cause intense anxiety. Two of the most common include:

Postpartum anxiety

An estimated 11-21% of women develop an all-consuming anxiety after bringing their new baby home from the hospital. This anxiety goes beyond the typical concerns faced by new parents.

Postpartum anxiety causes irrational fears and excessive worry about things that are unlikely to happen. Despite being safe at home, you may not be able to shake the fear that you or your baby are in danger.

Thrive Counseling Services, LLC specializes in helping women with postpartum anxiety. They’re associated with Postpartum Support International.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

OCD causes unwanted and uncontrollable thoughts (obsessions). As a result, you become extremely anxious and feel compelled to take action (compulsions). The action you perform may reduce your anxiety until the thoughts return. Then your anxiety peaks again, and the cycle of obsessions and compulsions repeats.

What symptoms does anxiety cause?

Each anxiety disorder has unique symptoms. For example, social anxiety disorder makes you or your child feel anxious when you need to be in public, meet new people, or perform in front of others (for example, giving a report at work or school).

However, as a group, all anxiety disorders cause symptoms such as:

  • Fear
  • Dread
  • Worry
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Stomachaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Loss of appetite

If you have a panic attack, you have sudden, severe symptoms that feel similar to a heart attack. You may experience chest pain, dizziness, difficulty breathing, and excessive sweating.

How are anxiety disorders treated?

Thrive Counseling Services, LLC offers holistic care, helping you overcome anxiety with therapy and alternative approaches that support the mind-body connection, such as mindfulness and yoga.

After learning about your symptoms and diagnosing the root cause of your anxiety, your therapist works with you to choose the therapy that best fits your unique needs and goals.

The team is skilled in many types of therapy proven to treat anxiety, including expressive arts and play therapies for children too young to participate in techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

You can overcome anxiety with compassionate, whole-person care at Thrive Counseling Services, LLC. Call or book an appointment online today.