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Anxiety Disorders

According to many sources, the many conditions that make up the anxiety spectrum make these problems the most common signs of distress that people experience. David Barlow, PhD, world-renowned expert on anxiety disorders, has described anxiety as the “shadow of intelligence” because the ability to experience anxiety is “adaptive, useful and indispensable.” It is a smart response to threat and danger that guarantees survival. While it may be true that we can’t live (or survive) without anxiety, it is also true that when anxiety problem are too intense, too frequent, too uncontrolled or too unpredictable, anxiety can also be highly debilitating.

The spectrum of anxiety exists along a continuum. At one end of the continuum are anxiety patterns that tend to involve disturbances of thought (e.g., worries, intrusive or obsessive thoughts, and behavioral rituals people use to control their thoughts or fears that are associated with the unpleasant or frightening thoughts). At the other end of the continuum of anxiety are difficulties with the regulation of emotions or physical sensations in the body (e.g., cascades of intense emotions and physical sensations in the heart, gut, or lungs that can induce panic, feelings or disconnection or dissociation, or can flood the mind with seemingly uncontrollable memories of events from the past).

When anxiety disorders arise, it is important to recognize that there is no “one size fits all” approach to treating it. At Partners in Healing of Minneapolis (PIH), we offer a variety of approaches to help you learn to take charge of anxiety patterns. We can help turn them from overwhelming and disturbing problems back into the intelligent built-in self-protection mechanism that anxiety was designed to be. Whether you ultimately need specific tools and techniques, psychotherapies, or acupuncture, PIH of Minneapolis can help you to develop an anxiety management plan designed to address you particular needs.

At PIH, we can help you with the following anxiety conditions:

  • General anxieties
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobia
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) (See Section on Trauma Recovery and Abuse Recovery)

We draw upon Western and Eastern traditions that attend to the mental, emotional, physical, relational, and for some, the spiritual dimensions of healing including:

At PIH, we begin with a comprehensive evaluation to identify your particular needs and then work with you to design an individualized program of care that will support you in re-establishing health and increase your sense of vitality and well-being. We look forward to working with you on your way to balanced health.