It's normal to feel worried from time to time. Maybe you get a bit anxious talking in front of people or going for a job interview. But occasionally, anxiety becomes a routine and destructive occurrence that totally takes over people's lives. It can begin to look more like an anxiety disorder and signal that it's time to seek anxiety therapy. Dr. Phillips can help, so call us for more details.
Because anxiety appears in many forms, for example, panic attacks, aversions, and social anxiety, it can frequently be challenging to tell if what you're encountering is normal or has crossed a line into a mood disorder.
If you experience any of the following signs, you may need to speak with a counselor who can assist you in coping with your anxiety.
General anxiety disorder (GAD), the most expansive type of anxiety, is marked by extreme worry. Individuals with GAD worry too much about big and small everyday things. But what comprises too much worry?
With GAD, individuals are troubled with constant, apprehensive thoughts most days of the week. This stress can become so overwhelming it interrupts their daily life. If you worry to the degree that you have a problem doing daily tasks and suffer with your feelings, it may be time to talk to a therapist.
Sleep problems such as difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep have been associated with various physical and psychological health conditions. It's customary for people to have problems sleeping from time to time. For example, maybe you are tossing and turning before an important job interview or delivering a presentation.
However, if you discover yourself lying awake night after night, worried about certain problems (like relationship issues or financial hardships), or even about nothing specific, it might be a sign you have an anxiety disorder. Addressing your anxiety helps you learn to unwind so you can get more rest.
Anxiety disorders can be accompanied by continuous muscle tension. Are you clenching your jaw or balling your fists throughout your day? You might have lived with this chronic muscular strain for so long that you don't even recognize it anymore. While training can help relax muscles, therapy gets to the root cause of your anxiety.
While anxiety lives in your mind, it often manifests in the body through chronic digestive issues, like irritable bowel syndrome. This is because our stomachs are very susceptible to emotional and psychological stress. Unfortunately, digestive troubles often make an individual feel even more worried.
Panic attacks can be a terrifying experience. First, you are unexpectedly gripped with an overwhelming sense of dread and fear. These are frequently accompanied by biological signs like shortness of breath, racing heart, dizziness, and copious sweating. However, not everybody with an anxiety disorder will encounter panic attacks, but those who live in constant fear often do.
Anxiety disorders keep individuals from living joyful and fulfilling lives. Fortunately, there is assistance. A therapist can help uncover the root cause of your anxiety and recommend tools to cope.
These are some signs you may have an anxiety disorder. If you need anxiety therapy, Dr. Phillips can help. Call us today for more details.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.