If you find yourself worrying constantly, unable to get a good night’s sleep, or if you have racing thoughts or physical symptoms such as shortness of breath, sweating or a rapid heartbeat without a physical cause, chances are you are suffering from anxiety.
Anxiety can affect your whole being. It is a physiological, behavioral and psychological reaction all at once. It can include physical reactions such as a rapid heartbeat, muscle tension, queasiness, dry mouth or sweating. Psychologically, anxiety is the state of being apprehensive and uneasy and in a more extreme form, it can affect an individual’s ability to function. Behaviorally, it can sabotage your ability to act, express yourself or deal with everyday situations.
Anxiety can be the result of specific experiences like financial problems or life changes, cumulative stress over time, a dysfunctional or chaotic childhood or a poor self-esteem and maladaptive coping patterns.
Therapy can help you control your anxious feelings by recognizing triggers and symptoms early and then practicing specific coping techniques. It may also be helpful to resolve the underlying cause of your anxiety in a safe and supportive counseling environment.