Therapists Specializing in Anxiety in Meridian, ID

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Depression and anxiety are two conditions that often occur together, but in some ways, they could not be more different. Depression can leave you feeling fatigued, sluggish, and unmotivated. Extreme anxiety can feel like all the alarm bells in your body and mind are going off at the same time.

While the symptoms may be different, both anxiety and depression occur when your body and mind are reacting in ways that don't match reality. With depression, you can feel overly sad or irritable. With anxiety, you can feel overly threatened.

Either way, finding a good psychologist for depression and anxiety can help you bring yourself back to earth and connect your mind and body with the reality around you instead of the chaos within.

At Meridian Counseling, we have a team of counselors and therapists experienced in anxiety treatment in its many forms, and they are ready to help you achieve a greater sense of control and peace in your life by helping you:

 
  • Reduce anxiety and stress.
  • Manage panic attacks.
  • Learn how to feel less overwhelmed.
  • Feel supported as you begin unwinding your anxiety.


Forms of Anxiety and Types of Anxiety Therapy

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To qualify as being outside the "normal" range of human emotion for a particular event, anxiety becomes a disorder when–as the DSM-V defines–it becomes a "clinically significant disturbance" (Source) in your ability to function.

This makes it sound more complicated than we tend to view anxiety at Meridian Counseling. What that definition means to you is what's important to us. How do you see anxiety impacting your life? What do you feel when you explain feeling anxious?

Some common symptoms of anxiety include feeling:

 
  • Overwhelmed.
  • Alone.
  • Ashamed or embarrassed.
  • Helpless and at the mercy of the anxiety.
  • Racing or intrusive thoughts.
  • Extreme stress.
  • Restless and tense.
  • Disconnected from friends and family.
  • Out of control with anxiety.
  • A sense of impending doom or danger.
  • Trouble concentrating.
  • The desire to avoid your anxiety triggers.

And on the physical side, symptoms can include feeling (a):
 
  • Shortness of breath and breathing rapidly.
  • Tightness in the chest.
  • Racing heart.
  • Sweaty or clammy.
  • Shaky or unsteady on your feet.
  • Nauseous.
  • Gastrointestinal problems, like stomach or intestinal issues.

Anxiety is also an intensely personal feeling and can manifest in many ways. Don't hesitate to bring up feelings with your therapist or counselor that you think might be related. Anxiety quite often also presents with:
 
Because of how varied the symptoms of anxiety within one individual can be, there are a number of available counseling modalities for treating anxiety that can be mixed-and-matched to create a tailor-made treatment plan just for you. Some of these types of anxiety treatment include:
 
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for anxiety (This is often one of the more successful therapies for anxiety.)
  • Exposure Therapy for anxiety
  • Anxiety disorder psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • EMDR Therapy for anxiety
  • Therapy for distinguishing anxiety and stress
  • Social anxiety therapy and counseling (Contrary to popular belief, this is usually different from therapy for shyness. Social anxiety and shyness are not the same thing.)
  • Specific treatment for anxiety attacks (acute anxiety)

A psychologist or clinical mental health counselor, like those on the team at Meridian Counseling, are trained and experienced in using a variety of methods to help you achieve the greatest improvement in your anxiety.

The good news about anxiety is that, while it may be common and sometimes intense, it is very treatable, and we would love to help you live a less anxious life.

 

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If you have questions about our therapy practice, you can read up on our About Us page, or you can go straight to calling us at  (208) 803-5339 or contacting us here  today. We can answer questions, start an assessment to pair you with the best counselor or therapist for you, and get you on your way to feeling better. Let Meridian Counseling help you rediscover your calm.
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