Almost all of us experience some level of stress or anxiety. In fact, stress and anxiety can be normal parts of tackling new challenges and pursuing a meaningful life.
However, if you’re reading this, you’re probably concerned that your anxiety has grown to an unhealthy level. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for common anxiety symptoms.)
If your anxiety is interfering with your sleep, affecting your emotional or physical well-being, or getting in the way of doing things that are important to you, therapy can help.
In fact, therapy is often the most effective treatment for anxiety because it helps address the underlying causes of anxiety.
Since anxiety can take different forms—such as panic attacks, social or situational anxiety, and trauma-related anxiety—we’ll start by making sure we understand the type of anxiety you are experiencing.
Then we will work on taking active steps to help reduce your anxiety and increase your peace of mind. You will also gain an understanding of what triggers your anxiety, how anxiety works, and the most effective ways of responding to anxiety.
Whether your anxiety is new or long-standing, mild or severe, I hope that you will give therapy a try.
Symptoms of Anxiety
In case you are unsure of whether you are experiencing anxiety, these are some of the most common symptoms of anxiety:
- Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
- Feelings of danger, panic or dread
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Weakness or lethargy
- Worry that interferes with your ability to focus, relax, or fall asleep
- Avoiding situations or activities because of how nervous or uncomfortable they make you feel
- Obsessively thinking about certain ideas and/or repeating a behavior again and again because it temporarily reduces your anxiety (both signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder)
- Anxiety surrounding a life event or experience that has occurred in the past (a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder)