One of the best ways to deal with anxiety is to learn about your own anxiety: your symptoms, what triggers it, and what coping mechanisms have been effective in the past. When you learn what your anxiety is tied to, it can help you be mindful of what's really happening as well as prevent and mitigate symptoms by processing and working through the issue in therapy. Other strategies that have been shown to help manage anxiety are meditation, challenging anxious thoughts, exercising, and journaling.
There are moments in life when we can’t help but overanalyze or hyper focus. For example, imagine that you’ve just applied for your dream home. You’ve handed over all of the required info, including your current residence, your employment history, references, social security number, and more. You’ve checked all of the boxes… yet you can’t help but worry about everything that might go wrong. “What if the leasing office doesn’t get the right info? What if I forgot to sign something? What if someone else, someone better, applies for this house?”
Our minds go into overdrive and it’s sometimes difficult to calm them back down. This is normal—however, it’s important to monitor your thoughts, as they can become uncontrollable and signify a problem. If you experience this anxious thinking more often than not or on a regular basis, you might have an anxiety problem on your hands.
“People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.” –George Bernard Shaw
If you think that you might have an anxiety problem, don’t worry. Much of the US population does, or 40 million US adults to be more exact. Know that you don’t have to face this problem alone. Anxiety is completely treatable, you just have to reach out for the right help. If you’re experiencing anxiety symptoms, reach out to Thriveworks North Charleston, SC to book an appointment with an anxiety therapist or psychologist. We have next-day in person and online counseling appointments available. Just give us a call to schedule.
What Are Common Symptoms of Anxiety? Do I Need Anxiety Treatment?
It’s okay and normal to worry from time to time. However, if your worried thoughts become excessive or hard to control, you might be experiencing anxiety. This is why it’s important to understand the symptoms of anxiety and continue to monitor your thoughts. We want to help you understand and identify anxiety symptoms; consult the list below:
- Excessive, uncontrollable worry
- Feeling of impending doom
- Nausea and fatigue
- Irritable mood
- Racing heartbeat
- Trouble sleeping
- Change in appetite
Are you experiencing any combination of the above symptoms on a regular basis? Are you experiencing the above anxiety symptoms right now? If you’ve answered yes, you might have an anxiety disorder. Now, remember: Millions of people all across the US and the globe deal with anxiety. You will be okay and you can find the right help! If you recognize that you’re experiencing anxiety symptoms, consider reaching out to an anxiety expert at Thriveworks North Charleston. We can get you all set up for your first appointment today.
What Are the Different Types of Anxiety? Anxiety Disorders
The primary anxiety disorder is generalized anxiety disorder, which explains the symptoms we have been discussing. That said, there are several other anxiety disorders, which are hyper focused on more specific circumstances. If you’re experiencing anxiety related to specific events or circumstances, you might have one of the following:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder: OCD comes with persistent and unwanted thoughts as well as behaviors one can’t resist performing. For example, locking the door multiple times or checking that the oven has been turned off, even when the individual knows he or she has done so already.
- Social anxiety disorder: With this disorder, individuals feel anxious about social events and situations, from meeting new people to being the center of attention.
- Panic disorder: Panic disorder is characterized by panic attacks and a deep-rooted fear. One might experience serious physical symptoms like shortness of breath and a quickened pulse.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder: PTSD comes with anxious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors pertaining to a specific trauma, such as physical or mental abuse, the death of a loved one, or bullying. Symptoms include hypervigilance and flashbacks.
If you think you might have one of the above disorders, reach out to Thriveworks North Charleston as soon as you feel comfortable. We can help you get a hold on these disorders before they harm you further.
Work with an Anxiety Therapist or Psychologist at Thriveworks North Charleston
Our anxiety therapists and psychologists at Thriveworks North Charleston, SC are ready to setup in and help you in this stressful circumstances. If you think you could benefit from a professional’s guidance and assistance, give us a call to schedule your first anxiety therapy appointment. We’re here to help when you’re ready to receive it!
Know that we have onsite as well as online counseling appointments available. You get to choose whichever options works best for you!