Life is not easy. We all face challenges and difficulties, whether they are personal, professional, financial or health related. Consequently, we may worry. Worries spur some people on to actions that help them resolve problems. Others, however, may have a tendency to over worry. If that happens to you, then you may find yourself worrying about issues that aren’t truly concerning. In that case, you may have a condition known as anxiety, or anxiety disorder. Fortunately, it’s treatable. With therapy for anxiety in Texas, you and I will work together to help you take control of thoughts and behaviors. You’ll feel less anxious, so worrying will no longer dictate your life.
What exactly is anxiety? It is the body’s natural response to stress, and it has been affecting humans for a long, long time. Our prehistoric ancestors’ survival depended on those feelings of anxiety that warned them when danger was lurking outside the cave.
Today, people may feel anxious before an important meeting, during a job interview, while taking a test, at a social function and other similar stressful situations. Anxiety at these times is normal, and it usually dissipates relatively quickly without interfering with the rest of your day. With anxiety disorder, however, that fear and dread just don’t go away. The feeling is usually intense and can be incapacitating.
Facts and Figures About Anxiety
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
- The most common mental illness in the U.S. is an anxiety disorder
- More than 40 million Americans over the age of 18 are affected by anxiety
- Risk factors for anxiety include genetics, brain chemistry, life circumstances and personality
- Nearly 50 percent of people diagnosed with anxiety also have depression
The Symptoms of Anxiety
Different people have different symptoms. Perhaps yours include butterflies in your stomach, racing worries and thoughts or a restless and tense feeling throughout your body. Other symptoms include:
- A rapid heart rate
- Increased sweating
- Trouble concentrating
- Difficulty falling asleep or sleeping through the night
- Rapid and shallow breath
Therapy for Anxiety
I always start therapy getting to know you. We’ll spend one or two sessions discussing how anxiety is affecting your life. I’ll need you to describe what you’re going through, because my therapy method is individually tailored to meet your unique needs.
A very effective treatment for anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT, which is based on the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behavior. What you think about a stressful situation drives your emotions and actions. So, I’ll help you learn how to think differently when you’re faced with an anxiety-causing situation.
CBT does require some homework. In between our sessions, you will need to put into practice what you’ve learned. There may be a few bumps along the way, and we can address those together with fine-tuning techniques. Ultimately, you will be able to control the underlying cause of your anxiety.
Get Help Today
If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, or if depression or imposter syndrome is generating anxious thoughts, then please call 512-965-6180 or complete the online contact form below. You don’t have to live with anxiety.