While anxiety is one of the most common (and treatable!) mental health challenges that I see in my practice, it remains uncomfortable and distressing for clients. Experiencing worry or even some fear before challenges like an important exam, interview, or social engagement is considered normal. A certain amount of stress can even help you to deal more effectively with those challenges.
Anxiety is a problem when recurring symptoms affect one’s sleep or daily functioning. When anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can be very disruptive to your everyday life. You might be anxious if any of these emotional or physical symptoms recur in different situations:
- stomach distress (nausea, diarrhea, churning stomach)
- headache or muscle tension
- heart palpitations
- numbness (pins & needles) in hands, arms & legs
- sweating or flushing of the skin
- feeling easily tired
- trouble concentrating
- heightened irritation
- frequent urination
- trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- startling easily
Mild anxiety is vague, lingering and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating and unpleasant, having a serious impact on everyday life.
Anxiety disorders are most commonly caused by:
- environmental factors like stress from work, school, or finances, difficult interpersonal relationships, trauma from events such as abuse, victimization, or grief, and a response to natural disasters;
- medical factors like stress from a medical diagnosis or symptoms of an ongoing medical condition, side effects from medication;
- use or abuse of substances can also contribute
The good news is that anxiety is entirely treatable through counselling. I encourage you to contact me for more information about my counselling services or to book an appointment for an individual session.