Temporary worry and anxiety are experienced by everyone in response to difficult, stressful, or shifting situations. As a matter of fact, anxiety, to a certain degree has even been shown to increase productivity levels in a number of research studies. However, someone with an anxiety disorder may notice that feelings of anxiety only get worse, instead of better, and may notice these feelings interfering with their work or school performance, relationships, and health.
Signs and symptoms of Anxiety
- Disturbances in sleep and appetite
- Worrying constantly
- Fearing that something bad will happen
- Physical symptoms such as nausea, racing heart, shortness of breath, or dizziness
- Tension and feeling fidgety
- Experiencing a panic attack (heart palpitations, sweaty palms or chills, dizziness, shortness of breath, and feeling a loss of control)
Counseling assists clients in identifying sources of stress, identifying and teaching coping and relaxation strategies, and challenging thinking patterns that are contributing to anxiety.