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Anxiety

“My life was filled with tragedy and some of it actually happened.” Mark Twain

Does just the thought of what might go wrong keep you from enjoying what’s happening in the present? Has your life become consumed with worry or fear about the past or future? Does the feeling of fear or dread happen often? If you are thinking yes, yes or yes, keep reading.

 

Anxiety disorders are among the most common group of psychological illnesses. Types of anxiety include general anxiety, panic disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. No one knows exactly what causes anxiety but we do know it is part of our body’s early warning system that can keep us motivated or warn us of danger. 

 

Since distress, discomfort, and anxiety are all a guaranteed part of life, avoidance is only a temporary and superficial solution. Avoidance reinforces the idea that discomfort/distress/anxiety is “bad” or “dangerous.” It reduces your ability to face and tolerate necessary pain.  Avoidance of emotions is exhausting and time-consuming and in many cases maintains, even intensifies the anxiety.

 

Symptoms
The following are some signs and symptoms of an anxiety disorder. Anxiety symptoms can be physical and emotional. However, no one experiences anxiety in the same way.
  • Constant worrying

  • Feeling tense or jumpy

  • Feelings of dread or anticipating the worst

  • Muscle tension

  • Pounding heart

  • Shortness of breath

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Upset stomach

Counseling and Treatment for Anxiety

The ACT approach offers clients the possibility of relinquishing their struggle with anxiety.  By “treating” the struggle with anxiety as the problem, you learn to let fears play out from the stance of an aware, but neutral observer.  My goal as therapist is to teach you acceptance, commitment, and mindfulness processes that are essential in interrupting unwanted and disabling patterns.  ACT does not guarantee that anxiety will go away totally, but through value driven actions clients develop a new relationship with their fears.  In other words, you can learn to detach from worrying about your worries, having fear about your fears, becoming anxious about your anxiety, and gently redirect that energy into experiencing greater meaning and purpose in life.

For more on information how we can work together, call 314-308-0627 or contact me online at www.bellinnerwellcounseling.com