Is your “worrying” getting a little out of control? Do you stay up at night worrying about what tomorrow will bring? Do you feel extra worried or uncomfortable in certain situations, such as when you’re in large crowds? If you answered yes, you might be displaying symptoms of anxiety. This can be scary or confusing to hear, but you should know that a large portion of the population struggles with anxiety, too! In fact, anxiety is the most prevalent mental health problem in the world: an estimated 284 million people worldwide struggled with some form of anxiety in 2017.
“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth diminishing your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.” –Steve Maraboli
There are many different causes of anxiety, from traumatic events to personality traits and mere genetic factors. These vary on a person to person basis, as do many of the specifics for anxiety. For example, you might feel anxious on a day to day basis about a variety of events, while another individual might only encounter anxious thoughts and feelings when exposed to very specific circumstances, like those that involve social interactions.
The good news is that regardless of the specifics, an anxiety therapist can help you to understand and manage your anxiety. If you are in the Worcester area, and you’re experiencing anxiety, consider working with an anxiety therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Leominster, MA. We have anxiety therapists and psychologists on our team who are ready to work with you right away. These anxiety experts can help you determine potential causes of anxiety as well as triggers of your anxiety; manage your anxiety symptoms; cope during anxious situations; and overall live a happier, less-stressed life.
Do I Have Anxiety? What Are Common Anxiety Symptoms?
We all tend to worry a little too much—about what traffic’s going to be like in the morning or whether our loved one will have a safe flight. This is normal. But some of us worry excessively and constantly. While the signs and symptoms of anxiety can vary, there are several common symptoms. “Major symptoms of anxiety vary from person to person but some of them are insomnia, avoidance of certain tasks or activities, difficulty concentrating, and restlessness,” says Venturiely Grullon, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at the Leominster office. “There are also physical symptoms of anxiety such as sweating, trembling, fatigue, and palpitations.”
- Excessive, out-of-control worry
- Racing thoughts
- Racing heartbeat
- Trouble focusing
- Stiff muscles
If you’re a big worrier and you’re experiencing any combination of the above, you might have an anxiety disorder. As we said earlier, you aren’t alone and you don’t have to navigate this journey that is understanding and managing your anxiety by yourself. An anxiety therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Leominster can offer you the professional help and guidance you’re searching for.
Anxiety Disorders: What Type of Anxiety Do I Have?
The anxiety that most of us think of right off the bat is called generalized anxiety, which is anxiety that one experiences on a daily basis with no regular or clear triggers. However, there are other anxiety disorders, including the following:
- Social anxiety disorder: Social anxiety disorder is characterized by anxiety that one experiences in social interactions. The individual might feel anxious in virtually all social situations or more specific situations, such as when they’re the center of attention.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) comes with recurrent, unwanted thoughts and behaviors that the individual cannot put off. If they do, they will begin to experience the symptoms listed above.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops as a result of unresolved trauma. One might experience physical symptoms like shortness of breath and a racing heart. They might also experience difficult sleeping, troubling flashbacks, nightmares, and more.
If you are exhibiting symptoms of anxiety, your anxiety therapist or counselor at Thriveworks will help you explore the above disorders and the remaining anxiety disorders we have not covered.
Work with an Anxiety Therapist at Thriveworks in Leominster, MA
Anxiety can make functioning on a daily basis difficult. It can cause one to feel nervous in social situations, feel fearful in crowds, obsess over mundane tasks, and more. If you are struggling in any way as a result of anxiety, it’s important that you work with a healthcare professional to get back to living the life you want and deserve.
The anxiety therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in Leominster, MA can help you understand your anxiety disorder, better manage your anxiety symptoms, and ultimately live a happier, healthier, more successful life. “When working with clients I tend to explore past history and present stressors in order to better understand the cause of anxiety. Physical activity and cognitive reframing can be effective ways to manage anxiety symptoms,” says Grullon.
Our therapists will utilize their wide range of skills, training, and experience to help you find success in anxiety therapy. Call Thriveworks Counseling in Leominster, MA today to schedule your first appointment.