Anxiety & Fear
Anxiety and fear are conditions that may cause significant worry, phobias, and even panic attacks. Anxiety is a spectrum disorder that may present as mild and sporadic or chronic and incapacitating. Some degree of stress is normal, yet significant anxiety or fears can cause problems within the workplace, at home, or within personal relationships.
There are many signs and symptoms associated with anxiety and fear, ranging from mild to severe. Individuals suffering from anxiety or phobias may withdraw from social situations, using avoidance to evade discomfort. Others may adopt compulsive habits to offset the symptoms of anxiety, such as drinking, smoking, gambling, or overeating. There are also many physical symptoms associated with anxiety disorders, including
- Rapid heart rate
- Chest tightening
- A sense of impending doom
- Loss of appetite
Getting Help for Anxiety and Fears
Anxiety and fears should never hold you back from your full potential. Anything that interferes with your daily activities or functionality should be addressed by a professional counselor. By exploring your feelings and concerns, you can begin to identify the sources of anxiety in your life, such as negative thoughts or environments, and begin working toward solutions.
For some, anxiety can be a side effect of stress, whereas others may experience fear as the result of a previous traumatic event. Regardless of the cause, the goal of counseling is to help you gain the tools necessary for defeating the thoughts and feelings that overwhelm you. Ideally, you’ll begin to experience greater confidence, tranquility, and a sense that you are taking charge of your life. For more information about anxiety and fear counseling and how it could help you, contact our office to schedule a visit. We look forward to helping you take steps toward a happier and healthier you.