What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a protective emotion. It is your brain’s way of reacting to stress and alerting you of potential danger. Everyone feels anxious now and then. For example, you may worry when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision.
It is common to have occasional anxiety. However, if your anxiety and worry become excessive and occur more days than not over an extended period of time, you might have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety can cause you to avoid work, school, family get-togethers, and other social situations that might trigger or worsen your symptoms. You might also get stuck in a pattern of overthinking or perfectionism which interferes with your ability to complete your work efficiently.
How I Can Help You:
I can help you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, teach you to relax, and develop new approaches to deal with situations in healthier and more effective ways. I can help you acquire the tools to better problem solve, cope, and overcome your anxiety. Some of the types of therapy I utilize when addressing anxiety are:
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodrama / Experiential work
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Exposure therapy
- Intuitive eating
- Additional types of therapeutic techniques unique to your situation
Common Signs and Symptoms:
It can be challenging and frustrating to live with an anxiety disorder. The constant worry and fear can make you feel tired and scared. These are some common signs and experiences associated with anxiety:
You might experience:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty controlling feelings of worry or panic
- Feeling nervous, restless, or tense
- Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
- Obsessive thinking or overthinking
- A sense of impending danger or doom
Physical symptoms include:
- Feeling weak or tired
- Sweating, trembling, or shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations or increased heart rate
- Experiencing gastrointestinal problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Unexplained pains
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep