Anxiety is a complex, and individually experienced phenomenon affecting almost 20% of the American population, and existing as the most prevalent mental health issue globally. It becomes nearly impossible to gauge what a healthy reaction is when anxiety takes hold, and we recognize the courage it took to even seek out more information. Due to its widespread nature and difficulty in diagnosis, only 1/3rd of those who would benefit from anxiety treatment, actually seek it. So, to be frank, you’re on the right path by not only acknowledging the possibility of anxiety having a hold on your life, but also searching for more information on counseling.
Generally speaking, anxiety can exist as a reaction to a normal life stressor, morphing into an unexplainable and debilitating mental and physical experience. Although at its core anxiety is an inherent defense mechanism, it can develop into a life-altering mental health issue where you lose yourself and, consequently your control over it. It can also feel different, even within the same person. For example, one day it may feel like a fear that everyone secretly dislikes you, and the next day it could be a quickened heartbeat, sweating, and being unsettled in your skin. It can feel like a dark cloud turning what used to be ‘normal for you’ reactions into unexpected ones. Anxiety doesn’t always pertain to worry about yourself. Oftentimes, as with OCD for example, anxiety exists as a constant fear of harm being done to a loved one. Anxiety can also build on itself, turning from simple concerns to a wider, omnipresent sense of fear and panic.
It’s important to know that what you’re experiencing can be quieted, and we’re here to provide you with the proper tools that fit into your life. Our open-minded, holistic approach to anxiety therapy keeps your experiences at the forefront of our practice, ensuring what you’re feeling drives your own journey. Your anxiety is individual to you but check out the information below to see if anything sounds familiar or feels like it fits into your current life. One word could spark a desire to start your path towards healing.