Generalized anxiety disorder limiting your career by Empower Counseling.

It is easy to convince yourself that anxiety might be affecting your personal life but it is well-managed in your work life or career. However, it is impossible for you to keep your anxiety from affecting your career, if it is affecting other areas of your life. You can not take your anxiety off at the door and hang it up like a coat. In fact, If you suffer from  generalized anxiety disorder, it may limit you more in your career than any other area of your life.

According to research, anxiety and depression are among the top four reasons for absences from work. Maybe you do not have to miss work because of your level of anxiety, but it limits your work in other ways.

Here are some of the more common symptoms present with generalized anxiety disorder:

Persistent worry about the future

Ruminating about what you did or said

Trying to avoid thinking about certain tasks


Feeling tired and unmotivated

Frequent muscle aches and tension

Easily frustrated or irritated

Upset stomach

Feeling restless or on edge

Difficulty sleeping

Feeling of dread – Like something bad is about to happen

Panic attacks

How does generalized anxiety disorder (or social anxiety disorder) limit you in your career?

In so many ways…

  1. If you are procrastinating or avoiding tasks that make you nervous, your anxiety is affecting your efficiency at work.
  2. If you are anxious about making a mistake you will struggle and use way too much time and energy trying to “make the right decision”.
  3. If you are worried about making a mistake you may be unable to take necessary actions to further your career, leaving stuck in a dead-end job, which can lead to burn out and depression.
  4. If you are socially anxious, you may avoid speaking up in meetings and other situations that keep you from spotlighting your knowledge and abilities- which will keep you from career advancement.
  5. If you aren’t getting enough quality sleep, your  mood around others, as well as, your ability to function well at work is being impaired.

What can you do now that you know some of the many ways that your generalized anxiety disorder limiting you in your career?

Counseling for gad with Empower Counseling in Birmingham, Alabama.

Anxiety necessarily makes us want to avoid all of the things we are worried about. The problem is that avoidance does not make anxiety go away. The more you avoid, the more anxiety chases you…until your life becomes so small you have nothing left in it that you enjoy.

At Empower Counseling, we approach anxiety in a different, more effective way. All of our licensed counselors are trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Acceptance Commitment Therapy or ACT is a scientifically proven effective method of therapy for all forms of anxiety. Let me explaina little bit about what we do through ACT and how it works.

Through ACT, our compassionate and knowledgeable counselors, will uncover your thoughts that are causing the anxiety. That is the first important step…getting to the root of the problem. Then you will learn mindfulness to let go of these thoughts, rather than getting tangled up in them and living life in worry and in fear. Usually with anxiety, comes self-criticism. We will look at how you see yourself and how you talk to yourself in your own head. If you see yourself in a negative light, we explore the cause and create a new story through which you begin to accept and even love yourself (because the words you say to yourself affect how you see others, the world, and your own life). Then we will do some value work and take action. By putting together all of these important aspects of ACT we are approaching your anxiety treatment, cognitively and behaviorally. We do not just look at your thoughts. We do not just look at your behavior. We approach both aspects so that you can move away from anxiety and toward the life you want, and deserve. It does not matter how old you are, you can change how you a living. You can find joy, contentment, and peace in life.

If you anxiety is out of control, reach out to Empower Counseling and make an appointment with Kathryn, Adam, or Kristine. Our licensed counselors specialize in anxiety counseling in Birmingham, Alabama, whether online or in-person. We also specialize in depression counseling, addiction counseling, and helping you make smooth transitions when big life changes come around. If you are a teen, college student, young adult, or professional in need of effective counseling, we are here to help you.

Call Empower Counseling today and begin living the life you want. 205-730-6570.

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