How do you know if you suffer from anxiety?
Anxiety in many situations is completely typical and normal, but unlike the relatively mild, transient anxiety caused by a stressful event (i.e. public speaking, going on a first date), anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can worsen over time if they are left untreated. Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance abuse, which may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse. In some cases, these other illnesses may need to be addressed initially before a person will respond to treatment for the anxiety disorder.
Effective therapies for anxiety disorders are available, and research is uncovering new treatments that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive and fulfilling lives. If you think you have an anxiety disorder, you can benefit by gaining further information from Dr. Michael E. Portman a leader in the field of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders, including phobias, addictions, depression and anxiety.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is generally short-term, collaborative and focused on helping patients deal with a very specific problem or set of challenges. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change unhealthy or distressing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behaviors.
In applying CBT in an individualized and compassionate manner, Dr. Portman can effectively treat a variety of conditions including:
·Generalized Anxiety Disorder
·Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and related conditions
·Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
·Social Anxiety Disorder
·Substance Dependence and Abuse
·Depression (i.e. Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia)
·Formal Thought Disorders (i.e. Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder)
·Marital Therapy and Pre-Marital counseling
·Stress, Anger, Workload Burnout
How do you know if Dr. Portman is the right therapist for you?
Dr. Portman is a highly approachable and competent professional. Just pick up the phone, give him a call and share your concerns. If Dr. Portman feels that you are someone who can benefit from his counsel, you can arrange to come into his office for a thorough assessment.
Call today… Well-being is a phone call away.
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