What is anxiety?
Everyone struggles with general fear and anxiety, but anxiety becomes disordered when it occurs to the point of disabling one’s ability to function in life. According to NAMI: “Anxiety disorders are a group of related conditions, each having unique symptoms. However, all anxiety disorders have one thing in common: persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening.”
What are the signs of anxiety?
The symptoms of anxiety can include:
A counselor can help you take an inventory of events and thoughts that trigger your anxiety. They can help you create new coping skills and develop new patterns of thinking that can lessen or alleviate your symptoms. It's important to also talk with your doctor about medication for managing anxiety, as well as lifestyle interventions (such as improving sleep and diet) so you can feel better. If you are a person of faith, spiritually-integrated counseling can help you develop spiritual practices (such as meditation, prayer, and mindfulness) that can help bring you a sense of peace and hope.
Counselors who provide this service:
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