Anxiety Counseling / Therapy

Anxiety Counseling / Therapy
Occasional periods of increased anxiety are a normal part of life, however, ongoing stress that disrupts the quality of life and impacts an individuals’ ability to function needs to be addressed. Excessive anxiety and worry may have physical or genetic roots, be in reaction to an acute situation or trauma, or may be part of a lifelong problem.

Anxiety disorders include the following:


- People with obsessive-compulsive disorder have persistent, upsetting thoughts (obsessions) and use rituals (compulsions) to control the anxiety these thoughts produce. Most of the time, the rituals end up controlling them.


- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by the re-experiencing of a previous trauma and can create extreme anxiety.

Social Phobia

- Social phobia, also called social anxiety disorder, is diagnosed when people become overwhelmingly anxious and excessively self-conscious in everyday social situations. People with social phobia have an intense, persistent, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of doing things that will embarrass them. They can worry for days or weeks before a dreaded situation. This fear may become so severe that it interferes with work, school, and other ordinary activities, and can make it hard to make and keep friends

Panic disorder

- Panic attacks are physically intense experiences of terror, and often include difficulty in breathing and a sense of loss of control.

Specific phobias

- A specific phobia is an intense, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Some of the more common specific phobias are centered around closed-in places, heights, escalators, tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, dogs, and injuries involving blood. Such phobias aren’t just extreme fear; they are irrational fear of a particular thing. You may be able to ski the world’s tallest mountains with ease but be unable but be unable to go above the 5th floor of an office building. While adults with phobias realize that these fears are irrational, they often find that facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety.

Generalized Anxiety disorder

- People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) go through the day filled with exaggerated worry and tension, even though there is little or nothing to provoke it. They anticipate disaster and are overly concerned about health issues, money, family problems, or difficulties at work. Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day produces anxiety. (

At Naperville Behavioral Health

we listen carefully and help our clients understand the issues that have led to their overwhelming anxiety. We utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation training, EMDR and a variety of other tools to help our clients learn how to reduce and manage anxiety.


Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness by Daniel G. Amen
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