Do You Feel Anxious For No Reason?
Do you frequently break out in a sweat and have trembling hands? Are you so worried that you can’t concentrate? Do you have trouble falling asleep or sleeping soundly through the night? Does your anxiety make it difficult to breathe and cause your heart to race?
At one time or another, we all suffer from anxiety. Some may experience low levels of anxiety periodically, while others may suffer from more severe and debilitating forms of anxiety. No matter what level of anxiety you are currently facing, seeing a mental health professional can help decrease feelings of worry, irritation, and dread. If not attended to, anxiety can leave you feeling impaired and miserable. It is especially important to process anxious thoughts related to things like illness, surviving a medical ailment, an upcoming surgery, interpersonal conflict, and work-life stressors.
What Causes Anxiety?
Anxiety is a survival mechanism designed to help you protect yourself in order to avoid suffering. However, if you find yourself in situations where you are often experiencing higher levels of irritation and worry than is necessary, it’s a good idea to consult with an experienced anxiety therapist. Anxiety disorders can look like a variety of worry, agitation, and irritability, which can then lead to confusion, fearfulness, and helplessness. These symptoms cannot be ignored and should be processed and treated by a mental health professional.
Everyone has predispositions toward excess anxiety, which are both environmentally and biologically based. This means that your anxieties could be learned, inherited, or a mixture of both. Research has discovered that children who appear anxious are most likely born to parents who are also anxious. When parents with anxiety display anxious tendencies, they may be unintentionally teaching their children the same behaviors and feelings. However, parents and children who are anxious can learn to reduce their symptoms together. This can be fostered in a therapeutic space, by an experienced anxiety therapist.
Often times, living or working in a stressful environment can make someone more likely to suffer from anxiety because it is a reaction that anticipates danger and therefore ensures safety. Unresolved trauma that leaves an individual in a heightened physiological state can also cause anxiety. This is the case for individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Symptoms of Anxiety
There are several different symptoms that someone with anxiety may experience. Some of the more common symptoms include:
Inability to Concentrate
Anxiety can also impact you physically, causing sweating, trembling, a racing heart, difficulty breathing, and even nausea. If your symptoms appear suddenly, you may be experiencing a panic attack, which people sometimes mistake for a heart attack.
You may also suffer from digestive problems, headaches, insomnia, and lightheadedness. Anxiety can lead to numerous health problems, such as phobias, panic attacks, obsessions, compulsions, depression and post-traumatic stress. However, while some people have anxiety their entire lives, it is possible to develop highly effective skills to manage anxiety symptoms. And, many people find that when they learn the right coping skills, their anxiety subsides.
Therapy Can Offer Relief From Anxiety and a New Path Forward
While there are many reasons for anxiety, from a treatment perspective, the cause actually doesn’t matter. It’s much more important to focus on developing effective coping strategies to manage anxiety so that it no longer controls your life.
Here at Rocky Mountain Counseling, we focus on building a rapport and taking things slowly, so that you never feel overwhelmed or out of your depth. We will respectfully honor your unique situation and maintain a speed that you are comfortable progressing at.
We use a strength-based approach, looking at your successes to guide us into developing effective coping strategies, honoring who you are as a person. Everybody is different and you will receive an individualized approach, tailored to your unique situation.
You may still have questions or concerns about therapy for anxiety…
Will therapy really help?
While therapy is not a magic wand, when combined with other resources, such as developing strong relationships outside of therapy, making time to pursue fulfilling interests, and committing to mindfulness, exercise and healthy eating, it can be highly effective. Of course, there are no guarantees, but a lot of people value therapy as an important resource to take charge of and manage their anxiety, rather than feeling pushed around and limited by it.
Isn’t therapy expensive?
When considering anxiety therapy, it’s a good idea to recognize it as a worthwhile investment in yourself and your happiness. And, therapy doesn’t have to be forever. Anxiety treatment can be three to six months, a year, or longer, dependent on what you want and can afford. While some people value the support of ongoing therapy, three months of focused therapy can often be more effective than intermittent sessions over a longer period of time.
I feel like I should be able to manage anxiety by myself.
We live in a very individualistic society where asking for help can sometimes feel difficult, rather than commendable and brave. Other societies rooted in community often thrive better because they can easily ask for help and seek guidance from each other. Also, because therapists aren’t in the daily trenches with you, we can therefore offer outside insight that your friends or family really can’t. Asking for help is a sign of strength and an act of courage.
You Can Learn To Overcome Debilitating Symptoms of Anxiety
If you’re ready to begin your journey toward a happier, less stressful life, Rocky Mountain Counseling can help. Call 720-252-0345 or email info@RM3C.com today to set up an appointment at our Denver practice. In your free 30-minute consultation, we can answer questions and set up an initial meeting where you will be able to relax in a comfortable environment and better understand the benefits of working with an anxiety therapist.