Is anxiety taking over your life? Does it feel like you can’t control it no matter how hard you try?
When it comes to treating anxiety disorders, research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option. That’s because anxiety therapy - as opposed to anxiety medication - treats more than just symptoms of the problem.
Research has shown effective treatment for anxiety can include a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction strategies, which encourage clients to learn how to live a full and valued life in the moment while also experiencing difficult thoughts or feelings.
Often, symptoms of anxiety look like this:
- Nervousness, restlessness, or being tense
- Feelings of danger, panic, or dread
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
- Obsessive ideas
- Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past; a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder
Core Beliefs that feed anxiety look like this:
- Unhealthy drive for achievement
- Fear of failure
- Imbalanced work / life schedule
- Lack of boundaries
- Over-doing for others
- Uncomfortable saying "no."
- Fear of not having, doing, or being enough
Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears, learn how to relax, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills.
If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.