Do you experience intense feelings of fear or worry that interferes with your ability to act or think clearly?
Sometimes it causes your heart to race and your stomach to ache. Your thoughts may often race in worst-case scenarios and you cannot think straight. There doesn’t seem to be a good choice and you don’t know where to turn or what to do. You might toss and turn at night, unable to sleep.
Anxiety can be positive until it’s not . . .
Sometimes anxiety can be a positive form of stress. It can motivate you to perform well when you’re about to take a test, make a presentation at work, or accomplish a difficult task. If the stress or anxiety becomes excessive, lasts for long periods, and interferes with how you get along with others, it may be time to get support.
Is it an anxiety attack?
An anxiety attack occurs when feelings of intense fear or terror come on suddenly. Panic attacks typically last from several minutes to about half an hour. Sometimes a particular place, people, or situations can trigger an anxiety attack in some people. It is not uncommon for visits to the dentist to bring on an emotional and physical reaction. Anxiety attacks can also happen without warning. Frequent or repeated anxiety attacks may be an indicator of a panic disorder. It is important to consult with a specialist if you have additional questions or concerns.
Anxiety attacks usually include at least four of the following symptoms:
- Racing heart
- Trembling or shaking
- Fear of dying
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Tightening throat, can feel like choking
- Numbness or tingling, especially in the hands
- Feeling hot or feeling a cold child
- Dizzy or lightheaded
- Feeling “detached” from yourself
- Feeling like you’re losing control
How do you know when it’s time to seek anxiety treatment?
Is anxiety interfering with your ability to complete everyday tasks? With anxiety treatment you can learn positive interventions to triumph over anxiety. Everyone struggles with anxiety at one time or another. Our body has a natural response to stress. Anxiety becomes a disorder when these feelings of intense fear or worry are overwhelming and interfere with completing everyday tasks. It is important to consult with a professional mental health therapist if these symptoms persist. Typically if they have lasted at least 6 months, you will want to consult to understand the nature of which anxiety disorder you may be experiencing.
Facts to know about anxiety
- According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population every year are affected by anxiety.
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
- People with an anxiety disorder are three to five times more likely to go to the doctor and six times more likely to be hospitalized for psychiatric disorders than those who do not suffer from anxiety disorders.
- Individuals who suffer from anxiety are prone to suffering from depression also.
- PTSD can be experienced by more than just war veterans. Others who experience post-traumatic anxiety might include survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, witness to violent crimes, accidents, or natural disasters.
Anxiety treatment can work for you!
Anxiety can cause long term stress leading to a variety of physical symptoms. At times it may be mild physical symptoms such as headaches or stomachaches. Other times it can be severe enough to put someone in the hospital. You can learn interventions that can help reduce and manage anxiety. My commitment is to:
- Help you stop feeling alone.
- Educate you about how anxiety impacts your brain, body, and heart.
- Explore interventions that work for you.
- Improve your resiliency by changing thought patterns and restoring hope.
- Validate and inspire you.
Now is the time to get help.
I understand how paralyzing anxiety can be. The journey into understanding my own anxiety led me to understand that if I had sought help sooner, a great deal of pain could have been avoided. Before seeking help, I avoided situations or ran from discomfort. This can change for you too. I understand that the idea of calling for help may cause your chest to tighten, feel a sense of panic, or toss and turn at night. The first step is a great start! I offer a 15 minute free phone consultation. Call now and find out how anxiety treatment can work for you.