Anxiety is a common reaction to the stressors we all face in life. Real or imagined threats to our wellbeing or safety may lead us to become frightened, anxious, or worried. These stressors may cause us to worry incessantly until the threat passes. For an individual that is battling anxiety those worries may never pass and never subside. For some individuals a specific event or “trigger” may cause increased anxiety. Triggers can include; divorce, financial difficulties, life changes/transitions, or a reminder of a traumatic experience in the past. For others the source of anxiety or uneasiness comes from may be less obvious, however, the stress doesn’t seem to subside.
Approximately 18 percent of American adults struggle with anxiety and it can result in the inability to focus on daily tasks. When we look at the demographic of 13-18 year olds this percentage increases to around 25 percent.
Common Symptoms of Anxiety
- Problems concentrating
- Chest pain/discomfort
- Racing heart/Heart palpitations
- Muscle Tension
- Extreme Fatigue
Here at Sherman Counseling, we have staff trained in the treatment of anxiety including relaxation techniques, mindfulness, EMDR and cognitive psychotherapy. These techniques can help reduce anxiety and increase the overall quality of life. We will teach you a variety of different ways to cope with, and manage your stress, recognize the triggers, and learn how to stop these feelings from being overwhelming.
If you would like to learn more about our treatment for anxiety feel free to contact us at 920-733-2065.
National Institute of Mental Health – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml