How to Take Back Your Life from Anxiety
- Ever feel out of control with anxiety, worry, or fear?
- Are there moments when you feel stressed out?
- Do you feel overwhelmed with daily activities?
- Are there times when you feel jumpy, easily irritated, or angered?
- Do you find it difficult to be in social situations?
- Are you afraid of leaving your house at times?
- Do you get flashbacks from bad things that happened to you or you witnessed?
- Do you have difficulty getting to or staying asleep?
- Are there times when all you feel is dread, worry, anger, tension, or fear?
- Do you have some nights when you experience nightmares?
- Are there many nights when the same nightmare or the same theme repeats over and over throughout the week?
- Is it hard to get things done due to fear of having an anxiety or panic attack?
If you find yourself answering “yes” to a few or many of these questions, you are certainly not alone in this. In fact, anxiety is considered the most common point of interest (disorder)and distress that people seek and go to counseling. Consider data from the National Comorbidity Study Replication (NCS-R) which recognized an estimated 31.1% of adults (18 and older) in the U.S. will have some form of an anxiety disorder in their lifetimes. This means that close to 1 in 3 people will be faced with an intense amount of anxiety symptoms that it may become crucial or even necessary to seek out treatment for anxiety.
Life has its moments of stress, frustration, tension, and grief but when it overwhelms you it may be time to get some help. Living with anxiety or experiencing sudden panic episodes can be scary, draining, frustrating and binds you from doing other things or from enjoying life and the people you love in it. Anxiety is signaling that something in the present or from your past may be unresolved. There may also be other physical symptoms not to be ignored (for you to get help from a medical professional as well). You may be feeling high amounts of distress, ongoing worry, multiple fears, and the causes of it are hidden from you leaving you feeling confused and even more unsettled. Meeting with a counselor can help clarify the root of your anxiety and discover skills and tools to cope with it. Counseling can also offer you effective ways to overcome and alleviate your mental and emotional pain.
With Pathways Counseling Services, we believe in bringing care for the soul, hope, compassion, empathy, health (mental, emotional, spiritual), clarity of mind, unconditional regard, and acceptance in counseling our clients to help restore their dignity, inner well-being, strength, courage, and motivation for a fulfilling and satisfying life. There may be some questions you have about how all this works, what it is you are experiencing, where to start. Let’s take a look at these questions and find some next steps.
What is Anxiety?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there are a wide variety of anxiety disorders that differ by the objects or situations that induce them, but share common features of excessive anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. They can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, social interactions, and relationships. They have labels that help better define the specifics of these disturbances (also known as disorders) which include: Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Agoraphobia (fear of being out in open spaces), Specific phobia (such as fear of public speaking, fear of heights, flying, spiders, dogs, etc), Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia) and Separation Anxiety Disorder (identified in children). Although PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) are not currently categorized as anxiety disorders, they are specifically defined more as trauma and stress-related disorders.
How Do I Know I Need Therapy for Anxiety?
At first, it may seem like an unusually hectic or very challenging day or week. Then it may grow and grow with a busier schedule, adding an unexpected event or events, change in your routine, drama and stress increase from family and friends, the worry of a loved ones’ health, and a few more things pile up. Pretty soon you are a bit more anxious, feeling a bit out of control. It’s when you get so bogged down that you have difficulty coping with everyday life, making everyday decisions, and struggle with having meaningful relationships without anxiety interfering, that treatment for anxiety can be helpful. Many times life has a tendency to fly by or go faster than we would like. Getting overwhelmed with many things may seem normal and yet when it becomes counterproductive, you get physical symptoms along with the anxiety, other people in your life may notice, it disrupts your eating and sleeping, as well as your interactions with others, all seem to tell you it’s time for some assistance.
Will I Ever Have Peace Again?
Many of our clients have asked us this very question. As you begin to address the signs, symptoms, causes, (or triggers), along with learning new ways of coping and reducing the stress, you will look to finding more peace within. Though “storms” may arise, and things out of your control (or in your control) crop up again, you will have better ways of getting through them.
Where Do I Start?
By being here and reading this page, you are starting the process of becoming more aware of reducing your distress in your life. Also, as mentioned above, by recognizing the “what” and the “how” about anxiety, the need for anxiety counseling, support, encouragement with a plan to overcome it, this presents with increasing hope to get better control of what you are experiencing. Further, when you identify the signs and symptoms…what your mind, body, and emotions are telling you, with therapy, you will gain a better sense of self, improved decisions with new skills to overcome.
Here at Pathways Counseling Services, we have helped a whole lot of our clients successfully navigate and manage their anxiety (and also for those experiencing panic) by identifying the source of their anxiety; then changing certain habits, resolving past trauma, resolving childhood issues, challenging distorted and negative beliefs so they can regain a sense of balance, confidence, and feel more in control of their lives.
It’s time for change. It’s time to give us a call or email us and start to take back your life from anxiety, from fear, from shame, from doubt. We are here for you…together to help you toward hope, peace, and satisfaction in your life.