Unfortunately, anxiety visits most of us at some point in ours lives. This may be a welcomed visit (such as when anxiety helps one survive a dangerous situation) or it may be an unexpected encounter (such as a sudden panic attack or an irrational fear of judgment form others). For some, anxiety is always with them and for others it comes and goes without reason.
Anxiety is distinct from stress. While stress is a natural reaction to a difficult or transitioning life event or situation, anxiety is an irrational fear. Many people with anxiety report being unable to slow down their thoughts or their body’s nervous system. Some individuals have specific fears (i.e. heights or public speaking), while others ruminate about many diverse topics (i.e. judgment of others, global warming, finances, etc). Yet, others fear anxiety itself and how it affects them (i.e. fear of anxiety attacks).
Anxiety takes many forms – social, panic, generalized worry, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), phobias, performance, post traumatic stress and separation anxiety. Anxiety can range in intensity from feeling like an inconvenience to immobilizing. Our therapists are trained to help you better understand the ways in which anxiety harasses you and how you can manage it.