Anxiety is the mind and body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It's the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event. A certain level of Anxiety helps us stay alert and aware, but for those suffering from an anxiety disorder, it feels far from normal - it can be completely debilitating. Anxiety disorders usually involve an excessive fear and worrying about a future threat.
The defining feature of social anxiety disorder, also called social phobia, is intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation. People with social anxiety disorder may worry about acting or appearing visibly anxious (e.g., blushing, stumbling over words), or being viewed as stupid, awkward, or boring. As a result, they often avoid social or performance situations. We offer effective treatment for social anxiety.
Common themes in OCD include: contamination, unwanted sexual thoughts (forbidden or perverse sexual thoughts or images, sexual impulses about others, sexual obsessions that involve children or incest, obsessions about aggressive sexual behavior towards others), losing control (fear of acting on an impulse to harm oneself, to harm others, horrific images in one’s mind or blurting out obscenities or insults), religion, harm, and perfectionism.
At Olympic OCD Services, Theresa offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to those dealing with anxiety. CBT involves setting goals and using hands-on techniques to manage and reduce obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. This time-tested, evidence-based approach has proven to be the most effective treatment for OCD and related anxiety disorders.