Case Study: Anxiety & Specific Phobia
Untangled Mind is proud to share the story of a client who sought relief from severe anxiety and a specific phobia of driving on the freeway. The client, whom we will refer to as John, had been struggling with a generalized anxiety disorder for several years. However, his anxiety had recently become more focused on driving on the freeway, which had become a significant source of distress in his life.
John's anxiety had become so severe that he was avoiding driving on the freeway altogether, which was limiting his ability to go to work and engage in other activities outside of his home. John was also experiencing physical symptoms of anxiety, such as sweating, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath, which were further exacerbating his distress.
John sought help from Untangled Mind, and Piper worked closely with him to develop a personalized treatment plan to address his specific phobia and underlying anxiety disorder. She recommended cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a well-established form of therapy that has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety disorders and specific phobias.
John was initially hesitant about trying therapy, but he quickly found that CBT was a valuable tool for managing his anxiety and specific phobia. He learned practical skills for identifying and challenging negative thought patterns, which helped him feel more in control of his emotions. As he continued with therapy, John also learned exposure techniques that gradually helped him overcome his fear of driving on the freeway.
Through his hard work and dedication to therapy, John made significant progress in his mental health journey. He reported feeling more confident and less anxious when driving on the freeway. He also reported experiencing fewer physical symptoms of anxiety. John successfully lowered his anxiety and eradicated his fear within nine sessions.
John's success story is a testament to the power of cognitive behavioral therapy in addressing specific phobias and anxiety disorders. At Untangled Mind, we are committed to providing personalized, evidence-based care to help our clients achieve their mental health goals.