What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a very uncomfortable feeling and when in excess, can get in the way of enjoying life. But it does not have to be that way and with the right tools and support, it can be managed and controlled.
Anxiety is defined as nervousness, fear, worrying and self-doubt that may or may not be linked with real-life stressors. Everyone experiences some level of anxiety periodically, but when feelings of fear and worry are overwhelming, reappearing, and not directly linked to stressful events, anxiety may leave a person severely impaired. When anxiety interferes with daily function, the support of a therapist can often be helpful.
Because anxiety can interfere with relationships, sleeping patterns, eating habits, work, school, and everyday life, anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy, and effective therapy can significantly reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with anxiety in a relatively short time, allowing a person to regain a sense of control and start to enjoy life.
Signs & Symptoms
Anxiety symptoms often include:
- Obsessive & worried thoughts
- Extreme self-criticism and self-doubt
- Confusion and difficulty concentrating
- Restlessness, irritability, frustration, feelings of despair & hopelessness.
A person with anxiety may also experiencing uncomfortable physical sensations such as trembling, sweating, a racing heartbeat, nausea, and difficulty breathing.