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WORRY & ANXIETY

Symptoms

● Excessive worry or nervousness

● Feeling tense and on-edge

● Headaches, muscle tension, upset stomach or nausea, sweating, heart palpitations, numbness, dry mouth

● Restlessness

● Sleep problems

● Specific fears or phobias

● Panic attacks (short episodes of intense fear and physical symptoms)

● Recurrent obsessive thoughts and compulsions

Do I need help?

Do you struggle with anxiety more days than not? Do you have debilitating panic attacks? Are you so fearful that you tend to stay home, or find yourself enduring intense anxiety while out in public? Do you have a phobia that stops you from accomplishing something? Have you wondered if you suffer from OCD? Does your anxiety have a negative impact in the major areas of your life?

Anxiety can take many forms and may co-occur with other problems, such as depression or trauma. Some people experience generalized anxiety, which is characterized by excessive worry and nervousness, overthinking, and restlessness. Others may suffer from panic attacks, which are short and intense episodes that may be so distressing many people believe they are having a heart attack. Some others may suffer from OCD, which is characterized by obsessive, recurrent, and intrusive thoughts and compulsive behaviors such as obsessive hand washing, counting, excessive checking of locks or switches, counting, or tapping. Others experience specific phobias, which are intense and irrational fears. Phobias can be about anything, but some of the most common phobias include fear of heights, spiders, snakes, animals such as dogs, and germs.

These are signs you may need additional help. Seeking out therapy can feel daunting and it's important to find a therapist that will be a good fit for your needs.

Getting help

Counseling or psychotherapy can help you reduce and manage your anxiety. Therapy sessions typically occur weekly and may focus on coping skills that can help you start to feel better. Medications can also alleviate symptoms of anxiety, so it may be helpful to consult with a doctor and psychiatrist. Please check out my page on Individual Psychotherapy if you are ready for a change.