Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 40 million American adults have experienced a type of anxiety disorder at some point. That is one in six people! Nearly 50 million prescriptions for Xanax (anti-anxiety drug) in a year. Why are we so anxious?
Anxiety is defined as feelings of worry or fear that do not easily go away and may get worse over time. The worries/fears tend to impact daily functioning, relationships, and overall life experience. There are several types of anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms:
- Excessive worrying
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trouble concentrating/focusing
Panic disorder symptoms:
- Increased heart rate
- Sudden, intense fear
- Difficulty breathing
- Thinking you are dying
Social anxiety disorder:
- Fear of being in public
- Insecurities around interaction with others
- Afraid of how others judge you
- Avoidance of social events
TREATMENT OF ANXIETY
There are many treatment options for anxiety disorders. Talk therapy or medication (or both) have been found to be effective in treating anxiety. In my practice, I utilize a holistic and integrative approach to working with anxiety, drawing from cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy, solutions-focused therapy, ecopsychology, and mindfulness techniques.
MEN’S HEALTH IN PORTLAND, OREGON
FATHERHOOD, RELATIONSHIPS, & CAREER
Although men have historically held positions of power in most cultures, it has come with a serious cost for their well-being and many others. Do you know that men are more likely to live a shorter and more unhealthy life than their counterparts? Did you know that men die by suicide 3.5x more than women? The traditional way of “being a man”–tough it out, grin and bear it, bottle it up– is taking a major toll on men’s health. Most men have been influenced by societal/patriarchal messages that encourage a separation from emotion, poor self-care, and struggles with mindful communication. I work with men to expand this narrative and to become healthier as individuals, fathers, partners, and workers.
I work with men of all kinds in order to move towards a healthier way of being. Whether you are struggling in your relationship, feeling stuck in your career, entering into fatherhood, or just looking to live in a healthier way, I am here for you.
We will collaborate to:
- Closely examine your personal narrative on masculinity
- Find healthier coping strategies
- Learn tools for communicating openly
- Challenge traditional norms in order to expand into a modern man
- Create goals and objectives aimed at becoming the man you want to be