North Little Rock, AR—Anxiety Counseling
We all feel anxious every now and again—some more than others, but the majority of us have experienced that nervous, worried feeling. When the CEO walks into the office unannounced, when or your car starts making an unsettling noise while you’re driving down the highway. When your significant other says he or she “wants to talk,” or when you’re getting ready for a first date. But sometimes, this nervous, worried feeling isn’t mere worry—it’s a crippling fear. And it’s accompanied by other troubling feelings like panic, doom, and restlessness. Furthermore, it comes with out-of-control breathing or sweating. And your efforts to control it fail. Sometimes, it’s an anxiety disorder—which doesn’t just come and go within seconds. Instead, it requires asking for a little bit of help and seeking treatment.
“You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.” –Cesar Chavez
Fortunately, there are mental health professionals who specialize and dedicate their efforts to helping people with anxiety disorders. Counseling has proven to effectively treat anxiety, as it helps individuals to understand what causes their anxiety and how they can better manage their anxiety symptoms. Overall, anxiety counseling helps people affected by this condition to live a happier, healthier, and/or more successful life.
If you have serious anxiety and think you might have an anxiety disorder, reach out to Thriveworks North Little Rock. The anxiety counselors at Thriveworks have a unique set of skills, completed extensive training, and years of experience under their belt to assist you in your fight with anxiety.
Diagnosing Anxiety: Signs and Symptoms
Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), panic disorder, specific phobias, and others. Each disorder varies in symptom presentation, but the most common symptoms of anxiety, include:
- Feeling extremely worried or nervous
- Sense of impending danger or doom
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing rapidly
- Trembling and/or sweating
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Difficulty sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Inability or difficulty controlling worry
As mentioned, these symptoms can vary in presentation. For example, if an individual has social anxiety disorder, their symptoms are rooted in and appear in social situations. Otherwise, they don’t typically experience these anxious feelings. Someone with generalized anxiety disorder, on the other hand, experiences anxiety about many events, even everyday activities and circumstances. Again, the good news is there is effective treatment out there for anxiety, whether someone’s dealing with social anxiety, generalized anxiety, or another form of anxiety. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, consider working with a counselor at North Little Rock.
How Can Anxiety Counseling Help?
Anxiety counseling, like other forms of counseling, often depends on the individual’s symptoms, the severity of their disorder, and their goals for treatment. Once these are communicated and understood by the counselor, he or she will then design treatment to best help their client. Here’s how your anxiety counselor can work with and benefit you:
- Counselors can help you identify and manage factors contributing to your anxiety.
- They can teach you all about negative thoughts, of which are often a cause of anxiety.
- Counselors can equip you with tools for reversing those thoughts and thinking positive thoughts instead.
- They can also help you to change unhealthy habits or behaviors associated with your anxiety disorder.
- Counselors can help you understand that whatever your mind and body have learned to fear is not threatening.
- They will guide you in exposing yourself to situations or things that make you feel uncomfortable and anxious.
Again, your counselor will design treatment based on your presentation of symptoms and needs. Your sessions might involve working on the above and/or it might involve other tasks. In any case, rest assured that the counselors at Thriveworks North Little Rock have your best interest in mind and will do everything in their power to help you manage your anxiety.
Schedule an Anxiety Counseling Session at Thriveworks North Little Rock
If you have anxiety (or think that you might be experiencing or developing symptoms), it’s important that you address and treat this problem as soon as possible. The counselors at Thriveworks North Little Rock want to help you fight this battle and better manage your anxiety, whether you’re dealing with general anxiety, social anxiety, a specific phobia, or other form of this condition.
Are you ready to schedule an appointment with an anxiety counselor at Thriveworks North Little Rock? All you have to do is give us a call. Your call will be answered by a scheduling specialist who will set you up with a counselor specializing in anxiety.