Identifying the Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety is a common condition that crosses all segments of society. It is believed to be rooted in the evolutionary fight or flight behaviors and can serve as a protective measure in times of imminent danger. Normal anxiety includes feeling concerned during the birth of a child, becoming anxious before a special first date or feeling apprehensive about the purchase of a new home. Excessive anxiety is dangerous however, and it can cause physical and psychological symptoms that lead to stress disorders, PTSD and other debilitating conditions. Because anxiety can spin out of control quickly for some individuals, it is important to seek the assistance of a qualified family and marriage therapist whenever concerns arise. With the help of individual therapy, you can enhance physical and psychological health, and give yourself the necessary tools to counteract severe anxiety.
Anxiety is individual by nature, meaning the symptoms of it can vary from one person to the next. Common emotional concerns that can indicate uncontrolled anxiety often include:
- Irrational feelings of fear that are not easily controlled
- Inflicting pain on one’s self or others, especially if pain seems rational and justifiable
- Believing you are going crazy
- Extreme difficulty when trying to focus and concentrate
- Always anticipating the worst for yourself and others
- Continuously feeling fatigued and having difficulty focusing
- Constantly being on the lookout for danger, as if you are anticipating it
In addition to manifesting in psychological ways, extreme anxiety often involves noted physiological symptoms. They can include the following:
- Excessive sweating
- A very rapid heartbeat
- Having difficulty breathing
- Frequent diarrhea
- Frequent muscle tension
- Clenching the teeth, possibly resulting in oral health concerns such as Temporomandibular disorders
Experiencing any combination of these symptoms might mean that you have an anxiety disorder, or it might mean you have a hectic schedule and a demanding lifestyle that warrant normal feelings of anxiety. In either case, individual therapy sessions can be of benefit. A marriage and family therapist views an individual in a holistic manner, and this allows the professional to gain insight into the root cause of anxiety. You can then utilize the knowledge gained during sessions to overcome issues from the past that are causing you to feel anxious and identify negative feelings or thought patterns. Your therapist can work with your strengths and provide you with valuable coping techniques that can get you through periods of extreme anxiety, now and in the future. This will provide you with a sense of healing. Further, it will empower you to live a happier, healthier and more productive life with a new found freedom from irrational feelings and extreme anxiety.
If you need help recovering from issues with anxiety please contact me! My practice is located in Yorba Linda and I service all of Orange County. You can feel good again and experience recovery, start on that path today!