Do You Struggle In Everyday Life Because Of Your Anxiety Symptoms?
Do anxious thoughts keep you awake at night and make it difficult to focus during the day? Do you find it difficult to move on from things that bother you? Is it difficult to perform everyday activities because you are wrapped up in your anxiety?
Perhaps anxiety symptoms have made it more difficult for you to perform at your best at work or school. You may worry about your work not being good enough or the consequences of doing something wrong. Or maybe you find it difficult to work in a group or speak in front of your peers.
It’s possible that your anxiety has started affecting your relationships. You may worry that you’ll be judged for certain thoughts and feelings, and therefore, constantly stuff them away, letting them fester inside. Alternatively, you may find yourself continuously doubting that your thoughts and feelings are “okay” to have, and so you habitually reach out for reassurance from your friends and family to ask if these thoughts and feelings are normal.
You may even start experiencing physical symptoms of anxiety, such as heart palpitations, nausea, digestion issues, insomnia, light-headedness, and excessive sweating. Because these symptoms have no physical cause, it can be difficult to address them. This can cause frustration and these frustrated feelings may even increase the anxiety, causing a vicious cycle.
At the end of the day, you really would just like to be free of your anxiety. You don’t want to worry about the ‘what-if’s’—you just want to relax and enjoy life.
Dealing With Anxiety Is Difficult—But You’re In Good Company
Anxiety is the single most common mental health disorder; in fact, 40 million adults are struggling with anxiety disorders every year.
Some of these types of anxiety include:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety
Anxiety is very natural, and everyone will experience it at some point in their lives. It’s what can motivate you to study for an exam ahead of time or help you remember to pay your bills on time. However, the above-mentioned types of anxiety disorders are examples of what happens when anxiety gets out of control.
There are many reasons why anxiety disorders are so common, especially in today’s world. We are expected to be constantly on the move and are pressured to succeed. Moreover, the current political and social climate is tense and stress inducing for many people.
But often we are taught not to express our anxious thoughts and feelings freely. People are told not to worry, and may start to think overcoming anxiety is simply a matter of willpower. However, trying to push away anxious feelings can actually cause them to perpetuate and grow. Learning to lean into the fear and challenge yourself to live life alongside of anxiety is actually way more productive at reducing the anxiety response—despite how counterintuitive this may seem to most people.
That’s where therapy comes in. A trained anxiety therapist can help you identify the ways you may actually be feeding your anxiety. Next, they will teach you a variety of skills to manage it so that you can live a healthier, happier life.
Anxiety Therapy Can Teach You How To Decrease Your Symptoms
On your own, it can be difficult to distinguish intrusive, anxiety-provoking thoughts from thoughts that are important and worth extra attention. By ourselves, it can be challenging to notice the distorted thinking patterns and damaging beliefs that grow into anxiety. Therapy provides a non-judgmental environment for you to learn the tools and skills to notice these potentially-damaging thoughts when they arise and develop a better skill-set in order to respond to them in a way that serves you.
We offer a warm, friendly space where you can explore your anxiety symptoms without fear. Our practice is very client-centered; we’ll tailor sessions to fit your needs. With our help, you’ll be able to learn how to identify anxiety triggers, understand how and why you react to them the way you do, and learn how to respond to these triggers in a manner that will ultimately reduce your anxiety symptoms and allow you to live a value-centered life.
In the beginning, much of our time will be spent on education to help you better understand why your symptoms happen and what you may be doing that maintains the anxiety. Sessions will often begin by us catching up and talking about anything that’s happened since the last time you were here.
During sessions we will walk through the cycle of anxiety:
- Something in the environment triggers anxiety.
- An automatic thought distortion or misinterpretation.
- That distortion leads to specific emotions arising.
- Those emotions produce a variety of behaviors.
- These behaviors may then produce more triggers.
By doing this, we can help you identify the easiest place to break the cycle and gradually reduce your anxiety response to thoughts and triggers.
There are a number of empirically-proven methods to manage anxiety, including:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Acceptance-Commitment Therapy
- Exposure and Response Prevention.
We will employ all that are necessary in order to achieve the best results possible.
Additionally, if you are open to it, we will often assign you homework outside of sessions. For example, we may ask you to expose yourself to something you are anxious about in an imagined setting by reading a script or watching a video and then take baby steps towards overcoming your fear. Or we may introduce a new skill or practice that can help you buffer against the effects of anxiety and ask you to practice between sessions.
Anxiety isn’t easy to deal with. However, that doesn’t mean it has to consume your life. With education about how anxiety works and techniques to implement when it appears, you can start to regain your peace of mind and decrease your anxious thoughts.
You may still have reservations about anxiety therapy…
How do I know treatment will really help?
The methods of therapy we use have been shown to be incredibly effective forms of anxiety treatment. When used, they have proven to be more successful at helping people manage anxiety than using anxiety medication alone—and have produced significant decreases in symptoms.
I’m not sure I’ll have the time for anxiety therapy.
We are more than willing to work with your schedule to help you fit therapy into your life. In fact, we offer weekend, early morning, and evening appointments for this reason. We believe it is important to take care of all aspects of your health, not just the physical ones.
I’m afraid of being judged.
Many people who experience anxiety feel ashamed by the content of some of their thoughts and so they worry about how others will react if those thoughts are made known. The fact is, almost all of us have intrusive thoughts that seem strange or abhorrent. That’s why we never judge or jump to conclusions about any thoughts you may express. We want to give you the space to explore where those thoughts come from and really understand how to manage them.
Learn To Manage Difficult Thoughts With Anxiety Therapy
If you are ready to make a lasting changing in decreasing your anxiety, please call us at 512-636-0104 or send in an appointment request form. With our help, you can begin your journey to overcoming anxiety.