While anxiety can be a normal and helpful response to worrisome situations, it’s when you begin to feel a sense of chronic, excessive worry about many different aspects of life that anxiety gets in the way of you being your best self. It is also common for anxiety to begin to take shape in physical forms such as headaches, stomach pains, GI issues, and fatigue. When this happens it may be time to seek support.
Anxiety is the most common issue that brings people into treatment. We all have things in our lives that contribute to feeling fearful and anxious. This is a normal part of being human. In small doses, anxiety can be motivating and keep us on our toes. However, problems develop when your anxiety causes you to avoid experiences rather than engage in life’s challenges. Anxiety often develops from worrying about the future and wanting to avoid or control specific outcomes. When you become preoccupied with anxiety, your life feels smaller and less rewarding as a result.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a related condition that may produce impulsive feelings that you must behave in some specific way to remove the unwanted feelings of anxiety (for example, by repetitive hand washing). However your feelings of anxiety are manifesting, we know how painful it can be to constantly worry or to feel that things are on the verge of falling apart. We know, too, how incredibly common anxiety is in today’s society, and how often it occurs alongside other distressing conditions like depression.