Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America and affects 40 million adults. While Anxiety disorders are very treatable, less than 40% reach out for professional help.
The following are some basic characteristics of anxiety:
o Feeling nervous
o Inability to stop or manage worry
o Excessive fear about many items
o Difficulty relaxing
o Physical restlessness
o Frequent irritability
o Fear about future events
o Being easily fatigued
o Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
o Muscle tension
o Sleep problems (too much or too little)
You may use a Likert scale, say 1-5 (1 indicates no problem and 5 indicates a severe problem). The higher you score, the more your anxiety is a problem.
Here are some potential anxiety management strategies:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is my specialty. Here are some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy steps that help most people:
o Recognize when negative self-talk begins to take over.
o Recognize accelerated breathing and heart rate
o Challenge negative self-talk
o Change the negative to a true thought such as the following:
o I will get through this
o I can do this
o I can feel my heart rate slowing down
o This feeling will pass
o I am feeling anxious now, but I have the power to change my reactions
I can assist you with all of the above items. Just contact me at your convenience.