What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is commonly known as a mental health disorder that affects individuals of all ages and backgrounds. It can manifest itself in different forms, but some of the most common types of anxiety include social and general anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and phobias. Even though anxiety is common in society, the way that it is experienced and treated relies heavily on the unique and individual needs of whoever is suffering. At our practice, we strive to ensure that all of our clients feel validated and supported during their newly started mental health journey.
Are There Common Symptoms?
Anxiety symptoms can vary from person to person, but they often revolve around excessive worry, fear, and nervousness. Some common symptoms include:
Physical Symptoms: Individuals may experience rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, sweating, trembling, muscle tension, and headaches. These physiological responses can be distressing and contribute to a sense of unease.
Cognitive Symptoms: Anxiety can affect thoughts and cognition, leading to racing thoughts, persistent negative thinking, difficulty concentrating, and a sense of impending doom. Individuals may also experience excessive worry about everyday situations or specific triggers.
Behavioral Symptoms: Anxiety can influence behavior, causing individuals to avoid certain situations or places that trigger their anxiety. They may also experience restlessness, irritability, difficulty sleeping, or engaging in repetitive behaviors as coping mechanisms.
Overcoming Anxiety Through Therapy
While some may be apprehensive about the vulnerability that comes with therapy, others may see it as the great avenue for resources and tools that it is. Our therapists utilize a variety of therapy methods including but not limited to, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to address and mend a client's anxiety symptoms. For example, CBT helps individuals better recognize the root causes of their anxiety, allowing for more positive thinking to take its place. Therapists work collaboratively with clients to develop healthier thinking patterns and coping strategies to manage anxiety symptoms effectively.
Why Should I See a Therapist for Anxiety?
Understanding and Awareness: Therapy helps individuals gain insight into the underlying causes and triggers of their anxiety. By understanding these factors, individuals can better manage their symptoms and work towards long-term relief.
Developing Coping Strategies: Therapists equip individuals with a toolkit of coping strategies tailored to their unique needs. These strategies empower individuals to effectively manage anxiety in their daily lives and develop resilience for future challenges.
Supportive Environment: Therapy provides a safe and non-judgmental space for individuals to express their fears and concerns. It allows them to feel heard and understood, reducing feelings of isolation and providing much-needed support.
Building Resilience: Through therapy, individuals learn valuable skills to navigate anxiety-inducing situations. By gradually confronting their fears, individuals can build resilience and regain control over their lives.