what is anxiety?
Your worry is affecting your work, relationships, social activities, and possibly even your family. Your stress level is the highest it’s ever been, and you’re unhappy. You’re not sure how to fix it, or even what needs to be fixed. You are overwhelmed, juggling many responsibilities at one time, and do not seem to have any time to focus on yourself. What you did in the past to manage everything does not seem to be working anymore. You are feeling powerless to direct what is happening in your life.
Do any of these anxiety symptoms describe you?
Excessive worry that you cannot control
Agitation or restlessness, feeling “keyed up”
Fatigue/more tired than normal
Difficulty going to sleep or staying asleep despite being tired
Trouble concentrating at work
More irritable mood with your loved ones
Avoidance of social situations
Phobias, or specific fears, about specific objects or situations
Anxiety can impact your life in ways that you never expected. It can be all-consuming, be triggered by something specifically, or just pop up at inopportune times. If you are experiencing anxiety, it is likely affecting others around you. Perhaps your partner/spouse, your boss or employees, or your family are noticing that you are “not yourself”, “stressed out”, or “high-strung”. Anxiety can manifest in many ways and affect many people around us, and can appear in different forms and at different intensity levels. You may experience panic as a vague sense of uneasiness or as a full-blown panic attack with heart palpitations, sweating, and other physical symptoms. You may even experience “anticipatory anxiety”, when you become so worried about what is going to happen that your thoughts start racing, you go into “panic mode”, and run around trying to accomplish everything while accomplishing nothing.
Did you know that anxiety affects 18.1% of adults in the United States every year? Many different things can cause anxiety, such as:
Major life events
Changes in life, work, family, location
However, usually the cause of anxiety is more internal than external, and may be due to your self-talk, your personal belief system, and your ability to identify and express feelings.
There are many specific types of anxiety disorders:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – GAD affects 3.1% of the adult U.S. Population. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
Panic Disorder – Panic Disorder affects 2.7% of the adult U.S. Population. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
Social Anxiety Disorder – Social Anxiety Disorder affects 6.8% of the adult U.S. Population. This is equally as common for men as women.
Specific Phobias – Specific Phobias affects 8.7% of the adult U.S. Population. Women are twice as likely to be affected as men.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – OCD affects 1.0% of the adult U.S. Population. Women are more likely to be affected than men.
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – PTSD affects 3.5% of the adult U.S. Population. Women are more likely to be affected than men.
Anxiety among older adults is as common as among younger adults. 25.1% of children in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can affect us all, regardless of age.
Many people with anxiety disorders may also have depression, other anxiety disorders, or other mental health issues. Even when things calm down in your life, you may still be experiencing overwhelming thoughts, difficulty attending to specifics, and avoiding certain situations. Anxiety affects your whole body, your entire being as a person. The good news is, that anxiety is very treatable. Therapy at Catalyss Counseling can help make the change you want to see in your life regarding anxiety, and can provide you Relief from your Anxiety.
anxiety treatment with catalyss counseling
It is common with anxiety to experience constant, negative thoughts in your head that you cannot turn off. We will teach you how to change your negative thoughts so that you can enjoy each moment and live a happier life. Many others experience a sense of restlessness, always feeling “on edge”, and maybe even having trouble sleeping, eating, or interacting with others. Anxiety treatment involves a variety of ways that we attack your anxiety. We will help you learn relaxation techniques and coping skills so that your anxiety does not take over your life, and help you change around your negative thought processes that are fueling your anxiety.
Many people with anxiety also have a co-occurring medical issue, alcohol or drug abuse/addiction, or depression at the same time. Because it is difficult to treat these issues separately, at Catalyss Counseling we specialize in treating the whole person at one time. We coordinate closely with other medical professionals in the community and work together as a treatment team. We use only evidence-based treatments to assess your symptoms, identify the impact they are having on your life, give you coping skills to manage your anxiety, and guide you in changing your negative thought processes. The end result is better social and family relationships, less work-related stress, and more self-care. The process of therapy can be difficult at times, but we strive to make it as easy on you as possible by connecting with you and identifying your needs, wants and goals to make lasting change in your life. We empower you to make the changes in your life that you want to see. The end result of therapy for anxiety at Catalyss Counseling is Relief from your Anxiety.
does therapy work?
Therapy and lasting change take time and commitment. While therapy isn’t often easy, you get out of it what you put in. If you come in with honesty, trust in the process, and a willingness to change, you can expect to see lasting results.
Therapy and anxiety treatment with Catalyss Counseling can provide you with Relief from your Anxiety. Our therapists specialize in treating anxiety from evidence-based perspectives, and we know that therapy does help. If you’d like to talk to someone more about how we treat anxiety, contact us today for a free 20-minute phone consultation, or you can book directly online with the therapist of your choice.