Do You Feel That Your Anxiety Is Overwhelming?
- Do you have panic attacks?
- Do you have obsessive thoughts?
- Is your anxiety impacting your relationships?
- Do you wish to find a way to cope with your anxiety?
Every person can occasionally become anxious and anxiety can be a normal part of life. You might feel anxiety about speaking in public, your career, taking a test, meeting a new person, or making a decision. However, for a person with an anxiety disorder their worries do not go away and can intensify over time. These worries can impact their ability to function.
But how can you know if you have an anxiety disorder? How can you know if your worries are excessive? Do they impact your ability to function at work, at school, or in your relationships? Then this could indicate an anxiety disorder. Symptoms of anxiety can include have sleeping problems, irrational fears, stomach pains, panic attacks, or compulsive behaviors.
You might think that you can control your symptoms, that you should be able to control yourself. But no matter how much control you think you have, anxiety can be overwhelming. It can take only one incident, and you can find yourself in the middle of a pretty severe attack. This anxiety attack can result in increased heart rate, problem sleeping, feelings of panic, dizziness, and feeling restless. These attacks can occur in any place and at any time. Therefore it is important to find a way to treat your disorder before it becomes overwhelming.
Anxiety is one of the most common disorders
Anxiety disorders are the most common disorders impacting approximately 40 million adults. One in four adults will have anxiety disorder in their lifetime and 1 in 10 will have an anxiety disorder every year. It is the most common disorder in women and second most common in men. Anxiety can develop in childhood or in adulthood as a result of a traumatic experience, stress due to a medical problem, or just due to the person’s personality.
Anxiety is nothing to be embarrassed about. In today’s day and age, anxiety is fairly common, and it’s no wonder why. Anxiety can result from the amount of pressure we put on ourselves and are surrounded by on a daily basis, from work and our relationships with friends, family, and a significant other. The problem is when you feel so overwhelmed that it seems impossible to get back to reality in a normal state of mind, impacting your day-to-day life.
A person might avoid discussing anxiety symptoms with family or friends due to feeling embarrassed or unsure what is occurring. A person might feel that anxiety symptoms could be dealt by ignoring the symptoms. The good news is that anxiety disorders are treatable. People should get help before anxiety symptoms become excessive.
Therapy can give you the tools to cope with anxiety
Many people can experience anxiety disorders and be impacted by debilitating symptoms. There are different types of anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. I have treated these disorders for over 10 years. I work with all age groups and people from different backgrounds. My approach is tailored to your needs and my aim is to help you cope with your anxiety symptoms. Whether the issue is a phobia, social anxiety, or a panic attack I can help to free you from these symptoms.
Why is my approach effective? I use an approach called cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a short-term goal oriented approach that aims to change your pattern of thinking and associated behaviors connected to those thoughts. Working together with you I look at the way your thoughts and attitudes that you have about different issues impact your behaviors. Once you understand the connection it becomes easier for you to cope with the anxiety symptoms.
I will also help you to examine the impact of negative thoughts on your ability to cope with stress. For example if before going to a party you say, “nobody will like me or want to talk to me at the party” when you get to the party you will probably avoid talking to people. Therefore your thoughts impact your behaviors. Negative thoughts usually originate in childhood as a result of the way that our family treated us.
Each session lasts for 50 minutes and we will meet once or twice a week depending on the severity of the symptoms you are experiencing and your individual needs. In each session we will work together on understanding the impact of your thoughts on your behaviors. I will also give you homework assignments so you can continue to work on the exercises we used during the session. Remember that you can overcome your anxiety and find new ways to cope with your stress.
I think that I might need therapy but I heard therapy is expensive
Therapy is an investment in your wellbeing. By learning to cope with your anxiety you can reduce your stress and learn to lead a productive life. I offer a free half hour initial session.
You can improve your life
Many people may not think they have anxiety until discussing problems they face in depth. There is no shame in seeking help to make your life brighter and happier. I will help you find the right coping skills to enhance your well-being. Life should not have to be scary, and through anxiety treatment, you can find the true relief you need. Please call me at 646.717.4860 for a free 30 minute consultation.