Anxiety is a significant issue in our society today. Fear and anxiety can be difficult emotions to manage. Rushing from one event to the next, meeting deadlines, and juggling constant interruptions throughout our day can lead to an overwhelming sense of stress, fear and worry. You may be one of the many who has suffered from anxiety since childhood. You may be anxious about life in general with no particular reason. Or, you may find yourself avoiding social situations or social interactions to avoid feeling tense, shaky, or fatigued.
Some anxiety is actually quite normal and healthy. For instance, mild anxiety about an upcoming test may motivate us to study. However, extreme anxiety after becoming very familiar with the test material to the extent of losing sleep, may indicate a problem. Some elevated apprehension or fear of entering a dark alley alone may keep you safe by changing your mind about entering the dark alley. However, extreme fear of leaving one’s home may indicate something more drastic. Trauma from childhood or recent events may certainly cause present day symptoms of irrational fears and worries.
Some of the symptoms of general anxiety include,
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty sleeping
- fatigue and/or exhaustion
- muscle tension
- repeated stomachaches or diarrhea
- sweating palms
Symptoms of panic disorder may include,
- shaking and/or sweating
- rapid heartbeat
- numbness/tingling of different parts of the body
- sudden, repeated attacks of intense fear
- feeling like you are out of control
- intense worry about when the next attack will happen
Symptoms of social anxiety may include
- feeling highly anxious in the company of others and difficulty expressing yourself with them.
- self-consciousness in the presence of others
- significant concern about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected
- fear of being judged by others
- worrying for days or weeks before an event where others will be in attendance
- avoiding places where there are other people
- having a hard time making and keeping friends
- blushing, sweating, trembling, feeling nauseous or sick around others
Treatments for all types of anxiety disorders have progressed over the past 10-15 years and are very effective in reducing anxiety symptoms. Evidenced-based treatment strategies include mindfulness practice and other strategies found in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, relaxation and meditation techniques, response-prevention strategies, and Brief/Solution-based Therapy. A skilled therapist can help you to decide which techniques would work best to manage your anxiety. If you are seeking to reduce your anxiety, stress, worry, or fears, contact me for an appointment at email@example.com or 706-425-8900 ext. 717.
Many individuals have experienced some form of trauma in their lives, ranging from mild to catastrophic. The good news is the recovery from a traumatic event is more than possible, it is a true probability. Evidence based treatment methods, to include EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Memory Reconsolidation Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Yoga, and relaxation/meditation techniques are instrumental in providing relief and recovery for some of the debilitating symptoms of a past traumatic experience. Evidence based treatment methods used in counseling have proven time and again to work as well as, and sometimes better than, psychiatric medications which are typically used to treat depression and anxiety.
The interesting thing about traumatic experiences are the varying degrees with which individuals perceive the same experience. For instance, a car accident could potentially prevent someone from riding in a car for as much as the following year. Another person may have the same type of accident but experience it much differently with different effects. Maybe the second person is okay to hop in the driver’s seat the next day after a major accident. We are all unique and experience this world in various ways. No matter what the outcome, it is possible to rise above the despair and fear, no matter how great or small, and to overcome any distress or symptom which may linger.
The loud sound of a crowd, horns beeping in traffic, sudden noises, particular places, certain smells, or any trigger which leads to the memory or response of the trauma can lead to extreme discomfort, to say the least. Don’t give up hope. Help is just around the corner and counseling can have significant results in alleviating your symptoms! If you would like to speak with me regarding the techniques, please do not hesitate to call me at (706) 425-8900 ext. 717 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet W. Beasley, LPC