At 33, Amanda considers herself pretty successful. As a veterinarian, it’s been her dream to one day own her own clinic. Finally, this year she’s made it a reality. Her family and friends have been impressed by her consistent work ethic and positive attitude over the years, but they’ve also felt concerned. There have been low points in Amanda’s mental health over the years: points in time where she didn’t feel comfortable sharing whatever was bothering her. Instead of opening up to those closest, she felt obligated to hold in her negative thoughts and anxieties. This caused her to start skipping family gatherings or to cancel on friends when they’d invited her out.
Now, with the added pressure of opening a brand new veterinary clinic, she’s starting to feel herself slipping back into a state of consistent anxiety and agitation. The late hours and her tendency to overbook herself haven’t helped, either. She realizes that the stress of her job and personal life might be contributing factors to her struggling mental health, but doesn’t really feel like she has the objectivity to see how to navigate the situation by herself. Even though she’s busy, Amanda has been thinking about scheduling a therapy session to talk with a mental health professional.
Does it sound like Amanda’s story relates to your life? If that’s the case, perhaps you’ve also thought about whether seeking therapy for your anxiety could be helpful. Here at Thriveworks in Carlsbad, CA, we have mental health professionals who specialize in the treatment of anxiety — and they would love to help you manage your specific presentation. If you’d like to talk to one of our psychologists, therapists, or psychiatrists about what you’ve been experiencing, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Do I Need to See A Therapist for My Anxiety?
It’s completely normal to feel nervous, or on edge. And especially considering how hectic our modern lifestyles are, anxiety can come and go depending on the situation. But it becomes a different story when anxiety becomes a persistent, detrimental factor in your everyday life.
Like we’ve mentioned previously, some people find benefits in working with a psychologist, while others find more value in a combination of helpful prescription medication and/or a form of talk therapy. If you haven’t seen a mental health professional to address your concerns, then you shouldn’t attempt to treat what looks like or might potentially be anxiety.
That being said, there are warning signs and symptoms to watch out for if you suspect that you might be experiencing anxiety:
- Racing thoughts, inability to focus on daily tasks
- Constant fatigue
- Constantly feeling stressed
- Desire to avoid social encounters
- Reliving traumatic experiences in dreams or flashbacks
If any of the above have been occurring for you, then seeing a Thriveworks therapist in Carlsbad, CA could help you find the relief you need.
Different Types of Anxiety
If you think anxiety comes in one generic form, then you’re in for a surprise. It actually manifests itself in many different ways; these different forms are cataloged as anxiety disorders. Anxiety disorders vary in severity and duration for each person, but some of the most common types that our mental health professionals treat include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): GAD causes anxiety in different scenarios, whether real or imagined. This disorder can be difficult to identify because it isn’t triggered by any single source of anxiety.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): This disorder often induces irrational thought loops, or impulses to perform random physical actions in repetition.
- Social anxiety disorder: Social anxiety induces distress while engaging with other people. Everything from grocery runs to birthday parties can be cumbersome, fear-filled events.
- Panic disorder: Panic disorder can cause panic attacks. These physical episodes might result in dizziness, chest pain, vertigo, and nausea.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): PTSD, can occur in anyone that has been through a psychologically or physically painful event. Those who suffer from it are often privy to flashbacks to traumatic events, nightmares, and antisocial behavior.
Schedule Anxiety Therapy in Carlsbad, CA Today
Anxiety can inhibit you from getting the most out of life. We don’t believe anyone should have to wait for therapy, and that’s why we have the industry’s best scheduling specialists to help clients get started. Our office in Carlsbad, CA has specialists standing by to assist you. Additionally, you can look forward to an array of benefits when you enroll at Thriveworks:
- Our Therapy Buddy app—a great way to measure your progress as you advance through therapy or psychiatric care
- Email access to your provider outside of sessions as needed
- The digital edition of “Leaving Anxiety Behind” and other electronic mental health resources
- Evening and weekend scheduling availability
- Same day cancellations and booking
Don’t let recurring anxiety take hold of your life. And if you feel that you’re experiencing symptoms of recurrent anxiety or possibly an anxiety disorder, getting the guidance of a mental health professional could make a big difference. So if discovering newfound relief sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, our office in Carlsbad, CA can help.