Therapy for Anxiety
Anxiety can take many forms and affect your life in many different ways. Most people who seek therapy for anxiety report that they have experienced some type of anxiety, worry or panic for most of their lives. As far back as they can recall, they remember being an “anxious child.” Now, they find themselves tired of living that way and are ready to make a change – to hit the “reset” button in their life.
On the other hand, some say that their anxiety or worry only began after a particular event took place in their lives.
Examples of Anxiety-Provoking Events:
- Experiencing, witnessing or having a loved one involved in a car accident or natural disaster
- Experiencing a difficult move or life transition
- Death or loss of a loved one
- Ill family member
- Stressful work situation
This life event, and their perception of the event, changed how they felt and how safe or comfortable they felt in the world around them. Anxiety can also change how one relates to friends, family, and significant others, not to mention meeting new people.
In addition to the origins, anxiety and worry can take many forms. Below are some common signs of people who experience anxiety.
Signs of Anxiety
- Finding it difficult to not worry about everything or particular things
- Expecting or anticipating the worst will happen to you or others
- Fears – about specific things or about a lot of things
- Panic* (e.g., heart racing, heart palpitations, difficulty breathing, tightness in your chest, vision changes, fear of losing control or dying, feeling outside of or detached from your body, chills or hot flashes)
- Difficulty falling or stay asleep
- Loss of appetite or emotional eating
- Feeling keyed-up, on edge, or restless
- Hyper-awareness of what’s going on around you
*Due to some of these symptoms being medically related, it’s important to also talk to your physician to rule out any medical explanations for these signs. Dr. Hick values coordination of care with your physician and can help facilitate this process.
Whether you have experienced anxiety all of your life or it began more recently, anxiety does not have to continue to control your life or your future. Seeking therapy is the first step in creating a new way to live. Contact Center for Shared Insight today and talk with our team of Denver psychologists about how therapy could help you take the first step.
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