Counseling for Anxiety
Do you always worry that something bad will happen?
Do you feel as if you have lost control of your life?
Does your apprehension make it tricky to get on with regular life and enjoy each day?
These are some of the signs of anxiety. Anxiety can strike at any moment, usually without warning and at the worst possible time. Anxiety is a stress-induced worry that is accompanied by unrelenting intrusive thoughts, fears, and concerns which can often lead to panic and even feeling short of breath. Other symptoms of anxiety may include:
- Nervousness, restlessness or being tense
- Feelings of danger, panic or dread
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
- Obsessions about certain ideas, a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past, a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder
Anxiety can be persistent and often times not recognized because it can be accompanied by symptoms of depression. Anxiety disorders take on many forms and should be assessed and diagnosed by a professional.
"There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will." - Epictetus
Anxiety in Children
Anxiety can be cruel. It can steal joy from even the happiest of moments in your life. Over time, anxiety can cause low self-esteem, feelings of doubt, and hopelessness that things will improve.
Anxiety can also cause both physical and emotional symptoms that can impair your ability to get through the day-to-day. Some of these symptoms include constant worry, feelings of dread, withdrawal from others, intense fear, rapid heartbeat, increased need to urinate, and an upset stomach. Sleep and appetite can also be negatively impacted. Children experiencing anxiety often begin to avoid social situations, cry frequently, are often stressed, and may have changes in sleep and appetite.
We have been supporting children with anxiety for years and know strategies that work. Together, with your child, we would find tools for their toolbox that will help them live life on their terms.