When you are struggling with anxiety and stress it can become second nature to live with it. Not because you want to but more because you can’t remember life without it. It may feel like anxiety is following you everywhere you go, from the moment you wake up to the time you go to sleep and even in your dreams. Today, Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (adaa.org). Simply put, you are not alone!
Dealing with Anxiety can be complicated because it affects everyone a little bit differently. For some, you may be able to attend to your daily activities such as work and family, but feel like you are never present. It may be that you have a constant tape playing in your head repeating the past or creating scenarios about the future. For others, anxiety can lead to unwanted intrusive thoughts that sometimes compel you to engage in rituals, also known as compulsions, to manage the anxiety. Ongoing anxiety and stress can lead to additional issues such as poor concentration or memory, difficulty sleeping, stomach pain or indigestion and headache. Most importantly, anxiety can affect the relationship we have with our loved ones and ourselves. It can lead to a need for control and perfection, as well as self-doubt and shame. You may lack the self-confidence and self-compassion you need to live a happy life. It is also very common that if you are struggling with intense anxiety, you either live in the past or future, also experience symptoms of depression. Anxiety will impact everyone differently as it can ruin different parts of your life, at times gradually building up or be triggered “out of nowhere.”
Our goal in therapy will be to untangle the anxiety so that you can take back your power. What I have commonly experience working on anxiety for almost a decade is that it can be so powerful that it takes over people’s life. You are now no longer able to make the choices, but your anxiety does. It’s time to take back the control of your life. Using tools and techniques from CBT, ERP, and Mindfulness we will explore new coping skills to help you improve your health, live a happier life and connect with yourself again. Anxiety can be successfully treated with a strong therapeutic relationship and effective interventions. It’s time to learn how to be in charge!