By: Stephanie Osuba
Despite your degrees, acclaims, and accomplishments, do you ever sometimes feel like you are an imposter? That you’ve been getting lucky or that you’re a fake in your profession and one day people are going to find you out? As it turns out, you aren’t alone. Many successful people feel this way and often have to step back and remember all the things they have achieved – Maya Angelou and Albert Einstein among these people! While there is no diagnosis or even proper name for this feeling in the DSM-5, there are countless of reports of this in psychology and psychotherapy literature. In fact, the first time the term “imposter syndrome” was used was in an article in 1978 by Drs Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes who – after studying 150 educated, established, and highly respected women – found that they didn’t have an internal sense of success and found themselves to be “imposters.”
So what causes this “imposter syndrome” that befalls so many successful people? One reason could be that there is no real measure to success. There is always something more that you can do and regardless of how much success you’ve already had and you think you are content with, self-doubt can always creep in and say you haven’t done enough. Another reason could be “pluralistic ignorance,” which is believing something to be true without being able to prove or disprove it – usually involving unspoken or false beliefs about other people. For example, research has shown that all college students feel anxiety about school but the actual students think they are the only ones who feel that way and other people are having no trouble adjusting to college life. And lastly, talent can make us believe that we haven’t worked hard enough and don’t deserve the praise or success of what comes naturally to us.
If you or someone you know appears to be having issues with self-esteem or is suffering from anxiety, the licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy can assist you. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
By Emily Aranda
Anxiety manifests itself in many forms and can be triggered by many stimuli. It is common to think of anxiety as stress that is tied to a situation, person, place, etc. of which rationally causes one anxiety, but generalized anxiety disorder is different. Generalized anxiety is not tethered to a physical or metaphysical thing; rather, it is free floating, does not require a trigger, and is not necessarily rational. Generalized anxiety is excessive, chronic, and interferes with one’s lifestyle. It affects 6.8 million US adults (3.1% of the US population) and is most commonly found in women. It is possible to develop generalized anxiety as a child or as an adult. Those with GAD tend to worry about the same topics as their peers, but to a disproportionate degree.
The mental symptoms of GAD are as follows:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Persistent worrying or obsessing
- Inability to relax or let things go
- Distress about decision making
- imagining every option in a situation all the way out to its possible negative conclusion
- feeling anxiety without an apparent cause
GAD does not only involve excessive worry. GAD involves physical symptoms as well. The following is a list of the physical implications of GAD:
- Trouble sleeping, staying asleep
- Hypertension in muscles
- Inappropriate sweating
- Nausea, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a debilitating condition that can be addressed by a professional. If you or someone you know is having issues with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, contact our psychotherapy offices in New York or New Jersey to talk to one of our licensed professional psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
By: Christina Mesa
Anxiety is something that people experience in their daily lives. What characterizes Generalized Anxiety Disorder from normal anxiety is that it is chronic and the anxiety is often brought upon without a specific reason. The worry you experience can interfere with aspects of your daily life, such as work and relationships. Generalized Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8 million Americans and affects twice as many women as men.
Symptoms of GAD include:
- Inability to control excessive worrying
- Expect the worst
- Difficulty concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty with falling asleep, staying asleep, or unsatisfying sleep
Risk Factors include:
- Being divorced or widowed
- Having few economic resources
- Stressful life events in childhood and adulthood
- Family history of anxiety disorders
If you or a loved one appears to be suffering from postpartum depression, licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and psychotherapists at Arista Counseling & Psychotherapy can assist you. Contact our Paramus, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices respectively, at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment. For more information, visit http://www.counselingpsychotherapynjny.com/
By: Jessica Ortega
It is normal to experience anxiety from time to time, especially with all the stress that may influence our daily lives. Some of the things we worry about are our health, family, work and finances. If the anxiety is extreme and unfounded, you may be experiencing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). This disorder often starts as a child, however, onset can be adulthood as well. Some of the physical symptoms that accompany GAD are fatigue, irritability, muscle tension/aches, trembling, feeling twitchy, sweating, and headaches. As a result, GAD disturbs sleep and impairs your energy and ability to perform daily tasks quickly and efficiently. People will commonly visit their doctor many times before being diagnosed because of their worry concerning their health and the symptoms that may arise from the disorder.
What steps can you take to help yourself?
- Reflect on what is triggering your anxiety:
- Major life changes
- Stressful events
- Traumatic experiences
- Talk to your doctor about symptoms and pains you feel for no reason
- Medicine and therapy can help you cope and make changes towards a worry-free life
If you or anyone you know is struggling with generalized anxiety disorder, or other types of anxiety, the psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists at Arista Counseling and Psychiatric Services can help. Contact the Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan, NY offices at (201)368-3700. Visit http://www.acenterfortherapy.com for more information.