The Top 5 Signs You Need Anxiety Counseling: By Empower Counseling
Anxiety presents in many different ways. You might first feel the anxiety in your body. It might feel like your pulse racing, your heart pounding, and a heaviness in your chest. It might simply feel like fear. Anxiety can also be triggered my many different things. For you, it might only happen around new people, in crowds, or other social situations. Or it might only be when you speak in front of others at work. How do you know if your anxiety is “bad” enough for you to need anxiety therapy? That is such a good question. Because our counselors at Empower Counseling in Birmingham specialize in counseling for anxiety, we have seen hundreds of clients with symptoms of anxiety. Here are:
The Top Five Signs You Need Anxiety Counseling:
Persistent & Excessive Worry about a number of Things
We all have times in life when big issues come up that prompt us to worry. But typically once these big issues are resolved one way or another the worry fades away. However when worry is persistent and excessive, it is time to reach out for anxiety treatment. What does persistent and excessive worry look like? Glad you asked. It looks like being worried most of the time. It looks like you trying to busy yourself with other things but the worry keeps coming back. It looks like getting stuck in your head tangled up with your thoughts of worry rather than enjoying whatever you might be doing in the present moment. If worry seems to be taking over, it is time to seek help for anxiety.
Difficulty Sleeping: Going to Sleep or Staying asleep
Do your thoughts bombard you when your head hits the pillow? Do you have trouble falling asleep at night because of the thoughts swirling around in your brain? Or do you wake up during the night most nights and have trouble relaxing enough to go back to sleep? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it is time to seek anxiety counseling. Good solid sleep is the foundation of strong mental health. Without our mental health can decline quickly.
Difficulty Concentrating: The top five signs you need anxiety counseling
Many of the clients who come to Empower Counseling for anxiety treatment say something like, “I think I might also have ADHD, because I just can not concentrate”. I say, “may be you do” but it is difficult to tell because many of the symptoms of anxiety are also the symptoms of ADHD. Until the anxiety is treated it can be difficult to determine whether you have ADHD, anxiety or both. If your mind is pre-occupied with anxious worries, it stands to reason that it will be difficult for your brain to focus on other things. If you are struggling to focus, concentrate, and be productive, anxiety counseling can help.
Waiting on Something Bad to Happen
Or “waiting on the other shoe to drop”. Many, many clients have come in to Empower Counseling and said, “Things are good now but I have this feeling of dread, like something bad is going to happen.” So even when there is literally nothing to worry about, and everything is going well, if you are nervous about what might happen next, it is time for anxiety treatment. It is a waste of time for you to be dreading what might happen one day and I really stress the word MIGHT. You do not have to sit around waiting for bad things in life to happen when you could be enjoying the current moment that is all good.
Ruminating about conversations or mistakes: The top five signs you need anxiety counseling.
Do you often go back over conversations you have had with other people, picking about what you said or how you said it? Do you have trouble letting go of what you see as mistakes? Instead do you continue to go over them in your mind so that it won’t happen again? Going over something like a mistake or a conversation over and over again in your mind is a sign you need anxiety counseling. If you are doing this, you are probably an anxious perfectionist, which means you are being unreasonable with yourself in what you expect. Counseling for anxiety with Empower Counseling can help you stop ruminating.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, we can help. Our compassionate therapists at Empower Counseling are trained in Acceptance Commitment Therapy for anxiety. We can help you recognize the thoughts causing your anxiety and show you how to move away from thoughts and toward the life you want.
Anxiety therapy is not the only service we offer at our Birmingham area counseling clinic. Kathryn, Savannah, and Marti offer depression counseling, trauma counseling, counseling for difficult life transitions, and counseling for perfectionism in person and online. We offer services to teens, college students, young adults, and professionals.
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