Anxiety is defined as an emotion characterized by anticipation of a future event or threat. Anxiety is a normal human emotion, and occasionally experiencing anxiety is a normal part of life. However, even occasional anxiety can be unpleasant. Sometimes, anxiety becomes difficult to tolerate, interferes with daily life, or feels out-of-proportion to the event that brought it on.
Anxiety is characterized by feelings of distress, worry, apprehension or nervousness that is a temporary reaction to stress. It can be expected, such as before taking a test, addressing a problem at work, or asking for a raise. At optimum levels, anxiety can actually help us cope and motivate us to address the cause of the stress. In these scenarios the anxiety is temporary and dissipates once the event has passed or been resolved.
When you have anxiety that is more than just a brief response to a stressful event, and you find that it worsens over time and interferes with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association approximately 30% of adults experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. Anxiety disorders are the most common diagnosis among mental health issues in our country.
What are anxiety disorders?
Anxiety disorders are conditions where fear and apprehension are so strong as to interfere with daily life. This interference occurs more days than not for at least six months. Anxiety disorders are accompanied by mental, emotional and physical symptoms. People with anxiety disorders typically have recurring intrusive thoughts and concerns that are difficult to tolerate. Anxiety becomes overwhelming and interferes with life, work, school, performance and relationships.
What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?
Everyone reacts to anxiety differently. Symptoms vary and may include:
- Anxious thoughts are uncontrollable and cause tension and restlessness that interfere with your life.
- A pounding heart
- Rapid breathing
- Upset stomach
- Panic or dread
- Muscle tension and trembling
- Nausea and sweating
- Sleep disturbance
- Nervousness, restlessness, irritability, feeling keyed up or on edge
- Difficulty thinking clearly or concentrating
- Fear and insecurity
- Chest pain
Before beginning treatment one of our clinical psychologists will conduct a complimentary initial consultation with you. The goal of the initial consultation is to get a better understanding of you, your history with what brings you to therapy, and what your needs are in therapy. We feel the fit between client and psychologist is extremely important, and the consultation is a great start for you to get a feel for Healthymynds and if we are a fit for your needs. Our goal is to work with you in a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and work toward flourishing.
Anxiety disorders are very treatable. Contact Healthymynds in Redondo Beach to schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about addressing anxiety.