The Anxiety and Panic Treatment Center specializes in helping adults and teens overcome anxiety disorders.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of psychological problem in the United States. Some reports indicate that up to 20% of people suffer from an anxiety disorder. Many well-known people have come forth admitting that they have an anxiety disorder (Donny Osmond, Kim Basinger and Barbra Streisand to name a few). Despite how common these disorders are, people are often reluctant to admit that they have an anxiety disorder. Perhaps because of this, people who have anxiety problems usually do not come for treatment. In fact, only about 25% of people who have an anxiety disorder receive proper treatment.
Are you or a loved one experiencing any of the following types of problems?
Sudden, unexpected and scary surges in your anxiety
Specific and debilitating fears such as spiders, heights or flying
Frequent intrusive thoughts and worry about such things as germs/contamination, disease, safety or the need to get things just right
Frequently find yourself getting caught up in behaviors such as excessive cleaning, hand washing or checking
Avoiding being around people, social gatherings, conversations, or public presentations for fear of embarrassing yourself in some way
Excessive worry about catching or already having a disease of some sort
If you are, then the Anxiety and Panic Treatment Center can help.
2130 SW Jefferson Street, Suite 300 Portland, Oregon 97201
Areas of Practice
The defining features of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are the presence of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, unwelcome ideas, images, thoughts or impulses that repeatedly enter your mind against your will. You may find them repugnant, senseless and totally against your personality (cont.)
If you have had excessive anxiety and worry about various aspects of your life (finances, health, family, etc.) over at least the past six months, then you may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). Physical symptoms may include restlessness, becoming easily fatigued, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance. The anxiety and worry are clearly far out of proportion to the importance of the situation (cont.)
Panic Disorder is characterized by recurrent unexpected Panic Attacks followed by at least one month of persistent concern about having additional attacks and worry about the implications of having the attacks. Typical worries might be fear of losing control, having a heart attack or going crazy (cont.)
Most people are more or less dissatisfied with some aspects of their looks and most 0f us try to embellish/hide flaws via make-up, hair coloring, wearing wigs, building muscles, etc., in order to achieve a desired image. Some people have a higher degree of preoccupation with their looks and experience frequent and intense, but still manageable, discomfort. Body Dysmorphic Disorder is diagnosed when the distress is significant and the person does not function as well as they would like to. The person tends to engage in rituals, sometimes for hours, such as excessive grooming and mirror-checking, reassurance-seeking, skin picking to remove skin imperfections, etc. (cont.)
Social Phobia is when one fears acting in an embarrassing or humiliating way when exposed to social or performance situations involving unfamiliar people or possible scrutiny by others. One must recognize that the fear experienced is excessive and unreasonable and either avoid these situations or endure them with intense anxiety (cont.)
Trichotillomania is recurrent pulling out of one’s hair resulting in noticeable hair loss and Dermatillomania is when an individual picks at their skin usually (though not always) in an attempt to remove some type of perceived imperfection. These are both usually preceded by an increasing sense of tension immediately before pulling/picking or when attempting to resist the behavior. These behaviors are often followed by pleasure, gratification, or relief after pulling out the hair/picking the skin. And the disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning (cont.)