Anxiety can be an overwhelming experience for the person experiencing the anxiety as well as the family member trying to support the person with anxiety.
Anxiety is an overwhelming fear or worry that presents in different ways for each individual. It can present as: generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, separation anxiety, selective mutism, post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as other forms of anxiety.
Managing and resolving anxiety is multifaceted. It starts with understanding the root cause of where it originated, understanding the physiological effects, the behavioral responses, and developing resolve and calming strategies. People with anxiety benefit from having family members support them in the process. Coaching families how to respond to the person with anxiety is part of the therapy process.
The use of Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are two key strategies for addressing anxiety. At times, some may need evaluation for medication so a referral can be made.
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