Counseling for Anxiety

When are they normal reactions or anxious ones?

Counseling for Anxiety ChicagoRacing thoughts…

Tight chest….

Feeling flush…

It goes unnoticed – these feelings come and go – they’re just accepted. If you are someone who feels anxious, you may experience these feelings in an entirely different way:

While sitting on your couch watching your favorite show, you notice your heart begin to beat faster, your breath is uneasy, and your palms begin to sweat.

What is happening?

Why can’t you just enjoy the evening?

We all worry! How is this different from anxiety?

Counseling for Anxiety ChicagoEveryone worries; we all feel nervous from time to time.

However, the term anxiety has been used so much, many people are unsure what it means and how it may impact them.

Anxiety is the term used to describe intense, uncontrollable worry; it can also be felt in your body: a simple headache to gastrointestinal discomfort, irritability to withdrawal, and muscle tension to sleep difficulties.

The intensity and the duration cause distress and impact your functioning at work or school, with your family or friends.

Some people experience a generalized sense of anxiety that is persistent, excessive, unrealistic worry about everyday things. Other people might experience panic attacks, which can be mistaken for a heart attack. Social anxiety may be experienced only related to social events or outings.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is another type of anxiety where unwanted and intrusive thoughts (obsessions) compel a person to perform rituals and routines (compulsions) to ease the anxiety.

You can learn to control anxiety!

Counseling for Anxiety ChicagoWe understand how difficult living with anxiety can be, but you are not alone. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that “anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, or 18.1% of the population every year.”

Reference: Anxiety and Depression Association of America (n.d.). Facts & Statistics. Retrieved from https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics

We can help!

Working together, we can address your unique situation.

When counseling for anxiety, it’s important to gain deeper insight into your triggers. Through the process, we connect thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to your anxiety symptoms. Then, we can incorporate coping strategies to either prevent or mitigate symptoms when they occur.

By offering a safe space to discuss your experiences, Restorative Counseling clinicians help you develop skills to cope. We can help you determine ways to make meaningful change and take back control.

Together, we can help you restore a peaceful sense of control. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to join you on your path to creating a sense of wholeness and fulfillment in your life!

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