There is a difference between “good” anxiety and “bad” anxiety. Good anxiety is often a healthy and adaptive part of life, as it motivates us to prepare for presentations, it encourages us to listen to our wake up alarm in the morning, and it directs us not to drive 90 mph or walk alone in an unsafe environment. This “good” healthy level of anxiety keeps us safe when we need to be aware of actual dangers that exist.
However, “bad” anxiety is not recognizing real threats. Instead, it focuses on creating irrational fears that reduce your productivity, inhibit confidence, and interferes with your overall quality of life. Anxiety can cause debilitating physical symptoms, disruptions in rational thought and emotional upheaval.
Those who suffer from “bad” anxiety can develop debilitating panic attacks, become socially isolated for years, feel relentlessly and irrationally worried, have recurrent, intrusive thoughts, images, or preoccupations, and feel compelled to perform repetitive behaviors such as touching, blinking, counting, cleaning, ritualistic prayer, arranging, checking or avoiding.
Dr. Shinar employs expert methods to help individuals overcome the painful effects of anxiety disorders, while teaching his clients how to manage anxiety in a more adaptive manner. By following his step-by-step evidence based approach, clients experience that the intensity and frequency of their anxiety symptoms will reduce significantly and their quality of life will improve soon after.
To learn more about individual therapy, contact Dr. Shinar at (917) 806-0155 or DrShinar@PsychologistsNYC.com to schedule a complimentary teletherapy screening to determine your goodness of fit for therapy.