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Anxiety

“Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.”

– Deepak Chopra

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is your body’s natural and necessary response to stress.

We all experience anxiety; it is what tells us to study for a test, to look both ways before we cross a street, and to get to work on time.  But with the world in political turmoil, a pandemic still going on, wars, fear of global warming and economic recessions, just listening to the news can bring unprecedented amounts of stress. Our bodies were designed to take on all the stress in our village, but not the stress of the whole world.  Many more people are feeling anxiety today because, well, … the world is kind of scary.

You’re not alone.

Types of Anxiety

Social Anxiety

We might also have personal anxiety.  Perhaps we get really uncomfortable in social situations (called social anxiety) and stay home from parties or feel really anxious about a pending work party.

Specific Phobias

Dread of public speaking is really common but if it’s a necessary part of our job and we can’t perform, this can limit our employment.  Some people fear heights or dogs or dentists. It’s natural to be a little afraid of things that might hurt us, but phobias are when our fear becomes irrational or exaggerated.

Trauma & PTSD

Maybe we have endured trauma in childhood like having a parent who is alcoholic.  Or we are a soldier or first responder suffering from all we’ve seen.  These are both examples of extreme anxiety called post-traumatic stress disorder.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Sometimes worry crosses over into a chronic condition. Our nervous system just can’t relax no matter how often we tell ourselves things will be okay. We call this generalized anxiety and the symptoms of generalized anxiety are: heart rate increased, awareness of bodily symptoms, fatigue, obsessive thinking, irritability, feeling out of control, problems relaxing, foreboding, focusing on negative outcomes.

Panic Disorder

If anxiety becomes really sharp or acute, some people feel chest pain and might think they are having a heart attack. They can feel their heart beating and racing.  They might be short of breath, dizzy or get diarrhea. A panic disorder is scary.  (It’s always good to have these check out by a medical professional just in case it is a heart attack unless you’ve had a certain diagnosis.)

Hypochondria

When all your worries tend to focus on bodily symptoms we call this hypochondriasis. People experiencing this type of anxiety live in dread that the mysterious tugs and pulls and symptoms in the body are really indicative of a dread disease. For instance, they fear that momentary forgetfulness signals the onset of dementia. Or an abdominal cramp might really be cancer.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is a difficult anxiety disorder that often seems to not have a specific trigger but can cause rounds of obsessions and compulsive rituals to try and gain control. Unwanted thoughts, sensations or ideas might cause them to do something compulsively to soothe the irrational ideas: like hand-washing, scratching, checking the door lock several times, etc.

Anxiety is uncomfortable at best and obliterating normal life at worst.  We can help you find a way to destress, cope and soothe the parts inside that continue to feel anxious.

We treat all these kinds of anxiety disorders at Counseling Near Me and take many kinds of health insurance to help cover your costs.

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