What is Anxiety?

You know that feeling of overwhelm…the one you just can’t shake? That one thought that “other people are judging me” or “am I really good enough for this?” You know that nagging feeling when everything is going great? How about that evil critical little voice that tells you you can’t get it right? Yep…that one. That is anxiety. Now, all of us experience occasional anxiety, however, worries that just won’t go away, are not typical. If you are experiencing distress in everyday situations, have a lower sense of tolerance than you have had in the past, and you just can’t let things go, you probably have anxiety. Come on, you knew that already…that is why you are reading this right? The good news is that is it treatable!

 Symptoms

·      Feeling nervous, restless or tense

·      Sleep Disruptions

·      Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom

·      Heart Racing

·      Breathing rapidly

·      Sweating

·      Trembling

·      Feeling weak or tired

·      Trouble concentrating

·       Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems

·      Throat tightening

 Depression

Someone once described depression to me as this black room that you just can’t seem to get out of. At first, you may try to look for the door, but after a while you are just too damned tired to even try to get out of. So you just sit there, waiting for either the light to come on or the door to open. Sometimes, you get so tired of waiting you sleep a ton, othertimes you get so frustrated with the lack of being able to find the way out of the room, that you just sit there and cry. The thing is, that often times, the door feels like it is locked from the outside, and no matter what you do, it won’t be opened. Can you relate? If you can…you are likely experiencing depression. There are lots of treatable strategies for depression, that don’t have to include medication, including acupuncture, diet changes and exercise. Call today for your free 15 minute consultation, let’s see what works for you.

·      Sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness

·      Intense anger (even over “stupid” things)

·      Not wanting to do things you used to enjoy

·      Sleep issues, too much or too little

·      Tired ALL OF THE TIME!

·      Eating too much or too little

·      People and things just getting on your nerves

·      Slower thoughts

·      Being stuck in the past

·      Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things

·      Thoughts of death or suicide

·      Physical issues: headaches, back pain

How does counseling help?

There are a lot of reasons we experience both anxiety and depression. Sometimes it is physical such as a hormone imbalance, sometimes it is our thoughts, sometimes it is due to learned behaviors, sometimes it is due to over-feeling the world around you. A lot of the time, it is due to a combination of all. As skilled therapist, I can help you get to the root cause. We will work together to create your wellness plan that may include things like meditation, acupuncture, yoga or medications. The goal is to learn strategies that not only alleviate your symptoms, but begin to eliminate them.