A certain degree of anxiety is a normal part of life. Mild to moderate anxiety can even be helpful at times in motivating us to act in ways that serve our best interests, like to get an important task done or leave a potentially dangerous situation. However, as our lives have become increasingly stressful for a variety of reasons, anxiety that is more chronic, severe, and debilitating is more common.
Anxiety is an emotion that can be experienced in various ways, such as feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure*. Anxiety affects how we feel, both physically and emotionally, how we think, and how we behave. We typically avoid anything we believe is causing or contributing to our anxiety. This avoidance can increasingly limit our lives and be mentally and emotionally exhausting. Sometimes the trigger for our anxiety can be easily identified, like certain situations at work or relationships with certain people. Other times the sources is not as obvious, which can make us feel even more frightened, overwhelmed, and helpless. I can help you gain a better understanding of where your anxiety is coming from, and help you learn to better manage it so it does not continue to interfere with your quality of life. I have particular expertise in treating chronic worry or generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety and low self-esteem, panic attacks, and phobias.
*Source: American Psychological Association’s (APA) website