1. It is a trickster. Anxiety tricks people into being anxious about being anxious. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? It does unless it is happening to you. Many people report feeling anxious and not knowing why.
2. It takes over the whole house. It is common for patients to talk about how one person’s anxiety is reeking havoc on the whole house and/or relationship. Anxiety demands lots of attention and reassurance not only from the person experiencing the anxiety but those close to them. It can be exhausting for everyone.
3. It can make you feel awful when you were just feeling good. Anxiety can seem to blindside us and come out of nowhere. Walking down the street feeling fine and then….
4. It can make you feel sick. Stomach aches, headaches, digestive issues, fatigue. While these symptoms are real, they can be linked to anxiety. It is good to talk with an MD to rule out if it is anything more than anxiety.
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5. You don’t have to qualify for a disorder to get help. Whether you meet the DSM-IV criteria for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic, Generalized Anxiety, Separation Anxiety, etc., if anxiety in any form is getting in your way, you can get help.
6. Anxiety is extremely common to experience and highly treatable. Millions of people suffer with anxiety. Many don’t get help despite the variety of options available. The psychological community recognizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as one of the key approaches. Other approaches are Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutrition, Medication, Mindfulness Practice, and the list goes on.
7. The internet is full of resources to help you learn more about anxiety and how to treat it. Check out the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, The American Psychological Association, and AnxietyBC.
8. You have local therapists, holistic practitioners, and tele health services available. Help is at your finger tips.
You can start feeling better. Please feel free to contact me to discuss treatment, options, recommendations, and referrals today.