Feeling nervous, worried, or having feelings of dread can be a normal part of life, it’s when these feelings have become a regular occurrence that they can begin to transform your life, leaving you unable to live as you would like. When these feelings aren’t related to stressful events in your day-to-day life, anxiety could be an underlying cause. If feelings of nervousness, dread, or anxiety are beginning to affect how you live, talk to a therapist at StarBrook to help you understand the cause.
Symptoms of Anxiety
There are many signs and symptoms of anxiety and it can be very different with each person. Symptoms can include obsessive thoughts, confusion or difficulty concentrating, restlessness, irritability, or frustration. Certain symptoms can look like a panic attack, such as trembling, sweating, a raised heart rate, nausea, or having trouble breathing.
Anxiety can often be found at the root of many other mental health problems, so talking with your therapist about what you’re feeling can be incredibly important. There are several conditions that are considered anxiety disorders, including:
- Separation anxiety
- Social anxiety
- Generalized anxiety
How Anxiety Develops
Anxiety can develop based on a person’s biology as well as their environment. Behaviors can be inherited, learned, or both. For example, a child with anxious feelings may become an anxious parent, who can then display certain tendencies, such as avoiding threats or potentially scary circumstances, which their child can pick up on.
If someone grows up in a stressful environment, this can also be a reason why they became anxious in the years to follow. Their feelings of anxiety is a way of anticipating danger.
Another cause of anxiety could be an unresolved trauma that causes someone to remain in a heightened state of arousal. When new experiences occur that are overwhelming or scary, this can open up old wounds, causing them to relive the traumatic experience. At StarBrook, you can work with a therapist who will seek out the underlying cause of anxiety and will find a path toward a resolution.
Feeling anxious about a job interview or debt can be normal feelings. However, it’s when someone has generalized anxiety about various issues or concerns for no apparent reason, is when they should consider speaking to a therapist about overcoming the feelings.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is diagnosed when symptoms of frequent fatigue, restlessness, irritability, difficulty focusing, sleeping problems, or muscle tension last longer than six months or more.
Working With a Therapist to Relieve Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety is more than just being worried or uneasy here and there. Anxiety can interfere with relationships, sleeping, diet, work, and even day-to-day activities and tasks. Many people who seek treatment from a therapist for anxiety can find the source of the problem.
When the reason for your feelings of anxiety are found, you and your therapist can work towards finding a personalized treatment plan. Whether that’s psychotherapy or medication, there is hope for regaining control over your feelings and life.
At StarBrook, we want to help you find control over anxiety. Give us a call today for a free consultation.