Many people experiencing the symptoms of anxiety can begin to wonder if there is something really wrong with them. One typical fear is that they might be going crazy. Unfortunately, the reactions and comments from other people such as, ‘just get yourself together’ are not very helpful.
Although you might feel alone in your struggle against anxious moods, the reality is that many people experience these moods either from time to time, or on a more regular basis. In fact, it is estimated that 1 in every 5 experience significantly anxious mood at some time in their life.
Anxiety can effect any kind of person at any stage of their life, whether they are an introvert or an extrovert, socially active or shy, youthful or elderly, male or female, wealthy or poor. Whatever your distinction, you can become anxious. That means that any person you know is also fair game. So remember, you are not alone.
- Do you worry all the time about everything?
- Do you wake up or go to sleep with racing thoughts?
- Do certain situations or people make you uncomfortable and anxious?
- Do you have irrational fears and phobias?
- Do you have chronic muscle tension and indigestion?
- Do you have fear of speaking in public or stage fright?
- Do you feel all eyes are on you making you feel self-conscious?
- Do have panic/anxiety attacks, feeling like your heart is racing, chest pain or might lose control?
- Do you feel that nothing you do is good enough, are you a perfectionist?
- Does uncertainty bother you, make you anxious?
- Did you grow-up in a house where there was constant worrying?
If Your Answer is Yes!
Do you worry constantly about what may or may not happen? Perhaps you went through a distressing event recently or in your past, such as an accident, illness, termination, break up or something else, and you just haven’t felt like yourself since. You may feel on edge, overwhelmed, exhausted, or maybe even depressed from fighting intrusive negative thoughts that you can’t seem to control.
Maybe you’re going through what’s generally considered a positive life transition, but feeling an unexpected sense of unease. You might be adjusting to a new job, pregnancy, baby, or relationship. As you try to adapt to these changes, you may notice yourself falling behind at work or other responsibilities. With everything going on, don’t you just wish you could focus on the task at hand and find some relief?
Dealing with anxiety can be a confusing, overwhelming, and exhausting experience that can affect everything from your day-to-day happiness to your work performance to your relationships. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Regardless of where you fall on the stress, worry, anxiety, and panic continuum, there is hope! You deserve to live a life filled with peace, health, and happiness. Let us help you get there.