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My name is ***** ***** I am a psychotherapist in the Metro Boston area.
Can you please tell me some of the things you fear most? Specific fears such as spiders, thunder, heights and so on? Or, fear of being in relationships and issues with intimacy? Or, fear of being in crowds or talking with strangers?
I'm eager to answer your question but just need a little bit more information. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Thank you so much for your response, Natasha. I appreciate it and this information is very helpful.
It sounds like all the fears mentioned are different types of anxiety disorders. So, if you picture an umbrella and name it Anxiety Disorders...there are many different types of anxiety disorders that fall underneath such as Specific Phobia (fear of bugs, storms, earthquakes, heights and so on), Panic Disorder (fear that leads to an outright panic attack--as you described you experienced), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (significant fear after a traumatic event), Social Anxiety(fear of being in various social situations), and so on. You can get a full overview of all types of anxiety disorders at this link: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/anxiety-disorders/what-are-anxiety-disorders
Please know you are not alone in your feelings as Anxiety Disorders are the most common diagnosed psychiatric condition in the United States. I have personally struggled with them and can assure you you do not need to live in fear.
Based upon the work I do and my own personal experience, these are my recommendations:
1.psychotherapy to learn some coping skills
2.psychiatry (medication for anxiety)
3.exercise (to raise serotonin levels in the brain)
4.yoga/meditation (to overall ease anxiety)
I would also recommend the following coping techniques:
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Please take good care of yourself and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.