Is this anxiety?
Does your mind race with worries or fears?
Anxiety is that uneasy feeling that creeps in and tells us to worry, while crippling us in our everyday living. It is one of the top reasons my practice phone rings.
Whether it is an adult whose anxiety is causing a disruption in their workplace or relationships, or a parent who doesn’t know how else to manage their child’s social or academic worries. Anxiety disorders plague 40 million adults a year in the US. Anxiety happens. Everyone feels anxious from time to time – it’s human nature, but it doesn’t have to be your constant reality.
Many people have the impression that counseling is coming into an office, unloading how you feel to your counselor, and feeling better at the end.
I don’t believe that.
Don’t get me wrong… there is listening. However, counselors believe that the only way to truly overcome the anxiety you’re feeling on a day to day basis is to have goals.
How do I know if I have anxiety?
Here are some symptoms of anxiety that have been reported:
- Panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Sleep problems
- Not being able to stay calm and still
- Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty concentrating
- Heart palpitations
- Dry mouth
- Nausea or digestion problems
- Tense muscles
Most people don’t experience all of these symptoms, but let’s face it…
Do you want to live with any of these at all? If the answer is no, make it a priority today to schedule an appointment with a counselor to discuss your concerns.
An approach to anxiety treatment
Anxiety counseling consists of learning the origin of the emotional response and how to resolve it.
I highly recommend Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to tackle anxiety. CBT is the top evidence-based treatment for anxiety. It is considered a short-term approach, which means if you’re utilizing the tools, you shouldn’t be in counseling for very long.
The process begins with exploring your irrational thoughts and beliefs. By challenging and debunking these irrational thoughts you become less anxious.
But to be perfectly honest…
Our mind can and will still try to play tricks on us, even after debunking these thoughts. This is where the developing of effective coping skills comes in.
During this crucial step, a counselor will guide you through identifying replacement behaviors that you can use when feeling anxious. These will help you calm down so you don’t reinforce, or build on the anxiety you are feeling.
If you are struggling with thoughts about wanting to harm yourself or someone else, please call 911 or visit your local emergency room.
Finding a counselor in your area is easier than you may think. I highly recommend visiting Psychology Today to find a counselor in your area who specializes in depression. You can also specify if you would prefer a counselor who utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to filter your matches.