Does This Describe You?
Your brain feels like it’s running a million miles a minute. Your mind is scrutinizing everything you’ve said and done. You’re worried you did something to offend someone, or that something bad is about to happen.
Even though you have no idea what might happen, or why you would even feel this way, your imagination continues to berate you with outlandish scenarios that you try to tell yourself are unlikely-but you believe them anyway.
Your stomach starts to hurt, and you feel sick, as your hands start to shake. You feel as though you are filled with too much emotion, yet drained and empty at the same time.
You want the worry and constant dread to stop, but your conscious tells you that if you didn’t mentally prepare for every situation, you might miss something.
Does This Describe What You Want?
All you want is a little peace and quiet. You want a break from the noise, the constant fear of everyday life and the constant reminder that nobody can possibly understand what you’re going through.
You want to be able to calm yourself down when you feel a panic attack coming on so that you don’t cause a scene.
You want to be able to go through just one day and not have to overanalyze every interaction until you are convinced you were either socially awkward or totally incompetent.
It would be nice to have one experience where you could be carefree, without worrying that failing to prepare for the unknown will be your downfall.
You want someone to understand-to really understand and to offer advice instead of telling you that you are just, “Too sensitive.”
You want to be able to take back your life-to be confident in who you are and what you’ve accomplished.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the worry of everyday situations. Everyone has anxiety every once and a while over bills, family issues, and arguments with a spouse.
However, having an Anxiety Disorder causes those afflicted to cultivate reasons to worry in their mind. Anxiety never goes away and is often unwarranted, making the person suffering feel as though they are worthless, and that their life is always on the brink of disaster.
Anxiety Disorders can manifest in many ways. Here are a few that are most common:
- General Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)`
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Social Anxiety
The symptoms of an Anxiety Disorder are both emotional and physical-which makes this condition so debilitating.
Here are the most common symptoms:
- Feeling Jittery/Nervous
- Being Restless
- Expecting the Worst-Case Scenario
- Constantly Worried
- Stomach Issues
- Shortness of Breath
- Heart Racing
- Feeling Tense Indefinitely
Fortunately, treatment for Anxiety Disorders is effective and accessible.
Of course, as with every form of therapy, the person needs to work at allowing themselves to get better, but there is an abundance of resources to help you come to terms with your anxiety and eradicate it from your life.
Counseling is available for those who want to talk about what’s bothering them, with someone who is trained in guiding you back toward the person you want to be.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another option. In this form of therapy, a trained mental health professional will guide you through exercises which will help you to calm yourself, focus on what’s really going on, and build the confidence to help you get your life back on track.
If these feelings and behaviors resonated with you, visit contact me to make an appointment and take the first step to reclaiming your life.