Anxiety Counseling

Do you often find yourself stressed out and anxious ?

Are you constantly worrying?

Do you feel tired, exasperated, and/or consumed by negative thoughts?

Maybe you experience a sense of foreboding and find yourself in endless loops of ‘what ifs.’

 

If any of these sound familiar, you may be suffering from stress and anxiety.

 

Understanding Stress and Anxiety and it’s Effects

The world we live in today is full of stressors, and anxiety is a reaction to stress. Everyone experiences some level of stress and anxiety throughout life, and not all stress and anxiety are bad. While it is normal to experience some state of worry or stress before confronting a challenge, anxiety is considered a problem when a person’s symptoms begin to interfere with functioning, and are out of proportion to what might be normally expected. If the stress and/or anxiety you are experiencing is disruptive in your life on a daily basis, there may be a more serious issue. Anxiety affects how we feel and how we behave, and can leave a person feeling unsettled and even debilitated.

 

Every person has his/her own way of responding to stress and anxiety, affecting some of us more than others. When faced with extreme stress, be it from a singular event or developed over time, our bodies produce a remarkable amount of adrenaline, which causes physical symptoms.

Physical Symptoms can include:

  • Confusion

  • Heart palpitations

  • Nausea 

  • Sweating

  • Tightness in the throat and chest

  • Light headedness

  • Tension

  • Stomach aches, among others. 

 

Anxiety is a normal human reaction that can come from a number of sources and leave one feeling uneasy, nervous, apprehensive, and worried. Maybe you’ve gone through a move, have a new job, have an illness or injury, have a family member who is struggling, or are experiencing conflict in a relationship. Despite the cause(s) of anxiety and physical symptoms, it is important to understand the resulting emotional challenges that stress and anxiety create. It is also important to learn to manage the effects of stress and anxiety constructively.

 

Emotional Reactions can include-

  • Restlessness

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Feelings of doom/impending doom

  • Nervousness/Panic

Does this sound familiar?

 

If so, you are not alone. Many Americans suffer from anxiety disorders, which are categorized as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. While these conditions have different symptoms, they are all centered around excessive dread. 

 

Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Feel Better

 

Stress and anxiety can both be unpleasant and hard to deal with. They can leave you feeling like there’s no hope or end in sight. Exploring the sources and triggers of stress and anxiety and developing strategies to overcome feelings of anxiety and/or stress can make a significant difference is someone's life. There are many strategies and resources utilized in anxiety treatment which are highly effective. The length of time anxiety treatment takes varies and is tailored to the specific individual. 

 

Anxiety treatment can help you learn to...

  • Identify your triggers

  • Manage your stress

  • Develop practical and effective strategies to help reduce anxiety

  • Replace negative thoughts with productive/positive thoughts

 

The goal of anxiety treatment, with or without medication, is to help you work through your problems, develop coping skills, and learn to manage and control your stress and anxiety rather than be controlled by them. If you feel ready to seek relief from your stress or anxiety, anxiety treatment can help you regain a sense of control in your life and lead you back to a life of fulfillment. I’d be honored to work with you.