Worry and concern is natural and a normal part of life for all of us. We feel concern about our finances, our health, and the well being of our loved ones.
But for some of us, chronic worry can interfere with our ability to enjoy life. If you are having a hard time at work or coping with other stresses in your life, please reach out for help.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders reported in the United States. Anxiety affects approximately 40 million adults or 18.1% of the population. Anxiety develops as a result of a set of complex factors such as genetics, environmental factors, brain chemistry, life events, or circumstances, as well as personality.
How do I know if I need treatment?
If your worry is causing significant personal distress and is difficult to control, it may be time to seek help for anxiety.
If you are feeling that your ability to cope with stress is interfering with your work, school, relationships, or other areas of your life, ask yourself if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and signs of anxiety:
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Having a sense that something bad is going to happen
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than what you are presently worried about
- Having the urge to avoid all stimuli that may trigger anxiety
- Feeling frozen, or that you can’t complete important tasks
Anxiety also causes physical symptoms. Your mind and body are connected and when you are stressed for long periods of time, your nervous system is in a constant state of fight or flight. When your system is always in a state of alarm, you will experience short term effects as well as long term effects on your overall health.
Treatment for anxiety
There are many different types of anxiety disorders and each one necessitates it’s own unique approach to treatment. What is most important to understand is that anxiety is highly treatable.
Although anxiety and depression are considered to be two distinct disorders, they often co-occur together. Researchers and clinicians have developed effective, evidence-based methods to treat anxiety and depression.
An experienced therapist can work with you to change your patterns of thinking and teach you skills for coping with stress as well as creating and maintaining a higher quality of life. All therapy requires work on the part of the client and therapist. Together, we will create a unique approach to treatment that fits you and gives you the best chance at achieving control over your worries and creating a happier healthier life.
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