Is Anxiety Taking Over Your Life?
- Do you worry about everything (work, children, friends, what you said or did) and have a hard time controlling it?
- Does your mind “race” (especially at night when trying to sleep)?
- Do you feel wound up or on edge most of the time?
- Do you have a hard time concentrating?
- Do you have muscle tension for seemingly no reason?
- Do you prefer being alone?
- Are you uncomfortable in social situations and therefore avoid parties, gatherings, etc.?
- Are you afraid that other people will judge you? Perhaps you worry that you will feel humiliated, embarrassed or rejected by others in certain situations?
- Do you have a hard time making and keeping friends?
If you experience symptoms of anxiety, you are not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting more than 40 million adults. However, only 33 percent of people who experience persistent distress receive treatment for their symptoms. This means there are millions of people who struggle needlessly with their anxiety. You don’t have to be one of these people. There are resources available to help you feel more balanced and relaxed and anxiety disorders are highly treatable. With the guidance of a knowledgeable and empathic psychologist who understands what you’re going through, you can learn to lessen and manage your anxiety and feel more in control.
Anxiety is Normal
Anxiety is the feeling that motivates us to do something necessary. It can prepare us for the things we want or need to pursue and accomplish. However, anxiety is a problem when it becomes more burdensome than useful. When your anxiety levels are overwhelming, it can paralyze you– making you feel restless, irritable, on-edge and continuously exhausted. In severe cases, anxiety can manifest in the form of a panic attack, which is often a very scary and confusing experience. The good news is that anxiety treatment can help you cope and calm yourself in situations when you’re experiencing unmanageable distress.
When a person is “stressed,” s/he experiences a heightened state of arousal. Your muscles may tense-up, your thoughts may race and you may lose your appetite. When you experience emotional or mental anxiety, your body similarly reacts and becomes physically impaired. These physical symptoms are a signal that you need to pay attention to the underlying emotions. When your emotions are repeatedly not acknowledged or expressed, your physical symptoms of anxiety worsen.
If your anxiety appears mostly in social situations, we can address and increase your ability to socialize in a manner that is comfortable for you. Not everyone has to be the “life of a party,” but feeling confident in your interactions with coworkers, friends, colleagues, etc. can be a vital aspect of having a satisfying social life.
If you are experiencing any of these emotional, physical or social sensations, anxiety therapy can help you maintain balance and increase your understanding and awareness of how emotions impact your body, your relationships and overall health.
Therapy for Anxiety Can Help You Take Back Your Life
Although anxiety is normal, it needs to be maintained at a level that is useful and not overwhelming or destructive. In order to reach this balance, it is necessary to first understand why and how your stress has become so overwhelming. Therapy can help you uncover the root causes of your anxiety and develop specific and effective ways to cope and manage it.
During our sessions together, you can expect the utmost care and respect from me. I provide a safe, compassionate environment for you to express and explore your innermost challenges, struggles, needs and desires. At the same time, I offer empirically-driven tips, techniques and strategies that you can use to effectively control your anxiety. Together, we will develop tailor-made techniques to alleviate your symptoms so that you can begin restoring peace and balance in your life.
For over 15 years, I have successfully treated all types of people with anxiety disorders. With my help and support, you can learn to manage your anxiety and feel more in control of your life.
Although you understand the benefits of anxiety treatment, you may still have some questions and concerns…
I’m so busy; I don’t have the time and money for anxiety treatment.
Therapy is a commitment, and I understand that it’s hard to find the time and money to make it a priority. However, if you’re experiencing severe and overwhelming feelings of stress, your time, money and wellbeing are probably already being exhausted. Investing in weekly therapy sessions will likely help you feel more balanced, and could save you time and money now and in the future.
I’m worried that anxiety treatment will make me too calm. I still need energy to get things done in my life.
Anxiety treatment is meant to help restore your stress to levels that are manageable and appropriate for the demands of your life. I intend to make suggestions that are tailor-made to reach your unique therapy goals.
I’ve tried therapy before but it didn’t help.
Not all therapy is created equal. I offer individualized tips, techniques and strategies that are meant to address your specific symptoms. Each session, I will request your feedback on what’s working and what isn’t so we can continue to revise your treatment plan until you make progress and feel relief.
Will I have to take medication?
You will never “have” to do anything in therapy against your will. It’s possible that your symptoms may be significant enough that I’ll recommend medication so that you can engage in the therapy process more fully. If necessary, we will discuss your different treatment options so that you can make informed decisions about whether or not to try medication.
If you want to start feeling some relief or if you still have questions about treatment for anxiety, I invite you to call me at 781-862-6772 for a free 15-minute phone consultation.