Stress and anxiety are emotions we all feel at some point. With the ever increasing fast pace of life, it is a rarity to not feel anxious at times. There always seems to be a to-do list, not enough hours in the day, and unrealistic expectations or demands we place on ourselves or feel from others. It is also common to feel uncomfortable in certain situations or around others at some time or another.
When the anxious feelings are accompanied by other symptoms, become more unbearable, and/or happen frequently, it can be helpful to seek support from a mental health professional.
According to the US National Library of Medicine/National Institute of Health, anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental disorders; up to 33.7% of American adults experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.* There are several types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias, and panic disorder. Symptoms interfere with one’s functioning at work, school, with relationships, and other important areas of daily life. Symptoms include:
- EXCESSIVE WORRIES/FEARS
- PANIC ATTACKS
- RESTLESSNESS OR FEELING ON EDGE
- DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING OR MIND GOING BLANK
- MUSCLE TENSION
- DIFFICULTY SLEEPING
- AVOIDANCE OF STIMULI ASSOCIATED WITH DISCOMFORT
- PSYCHOSOMATIC RESPONSES SUCH AS SWEATING, RAPID HEARTBEAT, DIFFICULTY BREATHING, STOMACH PAINS, NAUSEA, DIARRHEA OR CONSTIPATION
The good news is that therapy can help you learn to cope with anxiety in healthy ways. If you are ready to feel more calm, balanced and safe, give us a call to begin your transformation.