One of the common reactions to life’s stresses and struggles is anxiety.
Anxiety is beneficial in some situations, helping you work harder or prepare thoroughly for an upcoming event. Fear is a normal human responses to real or perceived threats. Anxiety is the anticipation of a future threat. You may experience nervousness before an essential test, important work presentation or a meeting with the parents of your fiancé. Physical symptoms like increased heart rate, shallow breathing, sweaty palms, even stomachaches, commonly accompany such anxiety.
If you notice these symptoms intensifying and lasting longer, if the nervousness feels like fearfulness about upcoming events and you have a strong desire to avoid a situation, then you may be struggling with clinical anxiety. Untreated, anxiety usually becomes worse and interferes with school, work and personal relationships.
Anxiety manifests in a variety of ways including separation anxiety, selective mutism, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety and phobias. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common of mental health struggles.
Excessive anxiety must be addressed before it consumes your life.
Individuals with clinical anxiety often avoid people or situations entirely. They may change their schedules, their daily routines and even their preferences when faced with a fearful situation. Some people experience panic attacks and feel as if they are about to die. However you experience anxiety, you may feel lonely, out of control and constantly preoccupied with fears.
Children commonly display their anxiety through separation difficulties, tantrums, crying, freezing or even selective mutism (failure to speak in certain situations).
In adolescents, anxiety can manifest itself in avoiding social situations. Teens may isolate themselves in their house or room. Some teens experience frequent illnesses at school (stomach aches, headaches, even hives) in response to stress and high expectations, or poor performance on tests and presentations. One out of four teens will experience at least one episode of impairing anxiety before they turn 19 years old.
Adults may experience constant fears that interfere with sleep, work performance and relationships. Over 18% of adults in the United States experience significant struggles with anxiety each year.
Whatever your current struggle, the counselors at CHARIS are available to provide a safe, understanding environment. We want to walk alongside you as you overcome anxiety.
In an increasingly fast-paced and stressful society, CHARIS offers a peaceful oasis. Our staff are trained in relaxation, mindfulness, systematic desensitization and many other evidence based practices. We will help you gain control over your anxiety, increase your sense of purpose and enjoyment in life.
Get started today by calling 360-980-2920.