Month: January 2017

Types of Anxiety Disorders

There are many types of anxiety disorders and many people who suffer from them. Some of the more well-known types are Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Agoraphobia. However, not many people understand the nuances and differences between these disorders. Learning more about anxiety disorders is the key for those that suffer from them. Understanding the ways in which anxiety can present to different people and why anxiety can lead to a disorder will pave the way to becoming mentally healthy and aware.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

GAD is a type of anxiety which lasts for 6 months or more and continuously makes someone restless, tired, irritable or frustrated. Physical symptoms may include muscle tension and aches. If you believe you have this disorder and you do not believe it is caused by medications or diet or another condition, contact a professional.

Agoraphobia is often misunderstood in society as a fear of open places or crowds. While this is one of the symptoms of this disorder, its underlying cause is more important in the treatment of agoraphobia. It starts with a physical symptom which cannot be controlled; for instance, incontinence or a constantly running nose or unexpected panic attacks. When the patient has no control over these functions he or she starts to fear the possibility of these things happening in a public place where there is no way out. Agoraphobia usually develops as a result of this.

Panic Disorder is another anxiety disorder which develops from unexplained bodily reactions. The first panic attack is usually unexpected or unexplained, where the body goes into a physical fight or flight mode and cannot be stopped. Heart palpitations and cold sweats and nausea may ensue. Some people mistake the first panic attack for a heart attack. After that, the fear that another one is going to occur unexpectedly can cause avoidance and stress. One panic attack does not equal a disorder but 4 or more panic attacks indicate a pattern which has been labeled as Panic Disorder.

There are many different types of anxiety which cannot all be covered here. Just a few more of them are Specific Phobia (having to do with objects or animals)and Social Anxiety Disorder (extreme embarrassment or fear of social blunders).

So how do you cope with anxiety?

Here at Family Restoration Counseling Services, we are committed to enlightening and re-enlivening everyone who comes in. There are many methods of combatting anxiety and some are more specific to the type of disorder. For instance, systematic desensitization as a therapy treatment has extraordinarily high rates of success for those experiencing specific phobia. Please take action today if you or a loved one is experiencing uncomfortable levels of anxiety.

Christian Counseling Can Strengthen Your Life and Your Faith

People of every faith go through challenging times. Whether you need marriage counseling, help healing from a personal trauma or someone to guide you through the struggles of mental illness, it makes sense to seek counseling that is consistent with your faith.  Here are three reasons to seek faith-based counseling as a Christian.

Christian Counseling Can Strengthen Your Life and Your Faith

Shared Values

Many secular counselors are kind and caring people who provide much help to those in need. However, a Christian counselor combines skills learned in professional training as well as values taken from the Bible.

This combination makes your counseling experience more full and specific to you. Your Christian counselor will understand when you talk about how your faith affects your personal life and the feelings you may be feeling about whether or not your life is following a Biblical path.

Prayer Power

As a Christian, you probably know that prayer can make a huge difference in people’s lives. Your Christian counselor understands that as well and will encourage you to pray about what is bothering you. Your counselor can also help you strengthen your relationship with a spouse or child by guiding you in developing a prayer life together.

Your Christian counselor may also pray with you, an activity that provides comfort and a sense of well-being.

Healing in Christ

A Christian counselor will approach therapy with the intention of leading you deeper into a relationship with the greatest counselor of all, Jesus Christ. Christian counseling helps you further experience the love of Jesus with an intensity that leads you to be all that you were created to be.

When you seek to counsel for any reason, consider the benefits of counseling based on Biblical principles and grounded in your relationship with God.

Contact Family Restoration Counseling Services for more information.