Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It is totally natural. When anxiety reaches a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks, however, it may be time to seek help.
If you are suffering from anxiety disorder, some of the symptoms you may be experiencing include:
- Racing, worrisome thoughts that feel out of control
- Worrisome thoughts often accompanied by uncomfortable physical sensations, such as a racing heart, shortness of breath or chest and/or stomach pain
- Feeling on edge and finding it difficult or even impossible to relax
- Struggling to stay present and focused
If you’re experiencing heightened anxiety, you are not alone. Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health issues today, affecting more than 40 million people in the U.S. Anxiety can be generalized or present through certain phobias, OCD behaviors and panic attacks. Some people are biologically predisposed to anxiety or grew up with an anxious parent and go through life always feeling stressed and on edge. Others develop anxiety following trauma or a significant life transition or loss. And, some people develop anxiety so severe that it significantly limits their lives.
If your physical symptoms, phobias or incessant fears have caused you to avoid certain places or events, you should consider talking to a professional. Especially if you are self-medicating with drugs or alcohol in an attempt to ease your stress, fear or worries.
If you’re in New York City or Weston, CT, you don’t have to manage your anxiety on your own. Richard Sussman Therapy offers individual counseling in New York City and Weston as well as addiction counseling in CT and NYC. Call 212-874-9402 or 203-544-8418 to for a free phone consultation to discuss your specific needs.