Anxiety is your body’s normal reaction to a scary situation. Presenting in front of a group, taking a big exam, going on a first date, asking for a raise, trying something new. However, if worry and fear are preventing you or your child from living a full and happy life, it might be time to ask for help.
If you can identify with several of the following symptoms, and they will not go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
- Are you frequently tense, worried, on edge?
- Do you experience feelings of apprehension or dread?
- Do you often anticipate the worst?
- Are you often fearful even though you know your fears are irrational?
- Does your mind sometimes go blank?
- Do you avoid activities because they cause you anxiety?
- Do you have difficulty concentrating or remembering?
- Do you believe something bad will happen if things aren’t done a certain way?
- Do you have difficulty falling or staying asleep?
- Do you suffer from physical symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath, upset stomach, fatigue or muscle tension, tremors and/or twitches, frequent urination, sweating, rapid heart rate?
- Do you frequently watch for signs of danger?
- Do you often feel irritable, restless, tense and/or jumpy?
- Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities?
The good news is research shows that therapy is usually the most effective option in treating anxiety disorders. Therapy can help you uncover the underlying cause of your fears and worries, help you learn how to relax, develop better problem-solving skills, and look at situations in new, less threatening ways. Pathfinders Counseling will give you the tools you need to overcome anxiety and teach you how to use them.
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