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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?  Mary Oliver
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Jane Whitaker, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
3418 South Wakefield Street
Arlington, VA 22206
 703-824-0324 


jane@jane-whitaker.com

www.jane-whitaker.com

 


ANXIETY DISORDERS

Do you have a lot of anxiety?  Do you panic, worry excessively, or avoid situations that limit your life?  Do any of the descriptions below describe your experience? 


 

Panic Attacks
People with panic attacks have feelings of terror that come on suddenly. Common signs are: pounding heart; feeling sweaty, weak, faint, or dizzy; feeling nauseated; having difficulty breathing; having a sense of unreality, of dread or doom, or fear of losing control.

PTSD- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD occurs in people who have themselves experienced a terrifying event or who have witnessed such an event. You responded with intense fear, helplessness, or horror. You may now be having nightmares or flashbacks in which the event seems to be happening all over again. You may act to avoid thoughts and feelings about the trauma and may avoid activities that could bring back memories of the trauma. You may feel on guard or have an exaggerated startle response. Many adults with childhood physical, emotional, or sexual abuse experience PTSD.  

 

OCD- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Obsessions are upsetting and irrational thoughts that don’t seem to stop, and cannot be controlled by reassurance or reasoning. To calm yourself you may engage in repeated behaviors such as repeated hand washing or repeated checking to make sure a door is locked or a stove is turned off.     

Phobias
A phobia is an excessive and persistent fear of a specific object, situation or activity. Some common phobias are fear of flying, fear of social situations, fear of public speaking, and fear of being in situations in which it is feared that escape might be difficult or embarrassing
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Read more about anxiety disorders at the NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) website.