You’ve been “stressed out” for as long as you can remember. Sometimes, it feels like stress and worry are getting the better of you. You know that feeling anxious all the time isn’t healthy, but you’re not sure if it is a problem that warrants treatment. After all, you’re still functioning. But, something in the back of your mind is telling you that you need additional support learning how to cope with stressful situations. Today, I want to take a moment to discuss some signs indicating it’s time to seek anxiety treatment.
Signs it’s Time for Anxiety Treatment
Your anxiety causes you to avoid activities, things, or individuals that used to bring you joy.
When you find yourself alone at home or work because you feel stressed or anxious that’s a good indication it’s time for counseling. Especially when you’re not doing the things you love or spending time with the people you love.
You feel on-edge or keyed up often
We refer to this as hypervigilance. That means you’re always worrying about things that might happen, so you never get to relax. Hypervigilance is helpful from a biological standpoint, as it is what keeps you safe from danger and triggers your fight or flight reflex. But, it becomes an issue when you never feel truly peaceful or calm.
Your anxiety makes you irritable and you have less patience
This one is a big deal. Being irritable all the time can negatively impact your relationships with other people. And that often causes more anxiety, which makes you more irritable, and so on. Ultimately, it may cause you to go down a nasty anxiety spiral that’s hard to break free from. So, if you find yourself lashing out at your kids, your spouse, your family members, or even a guy in the checkout line at Target because you’re stressed, then you may want to meet with a therapist to discuss anxiety treatment.
You have trouble falling asleep at night because you can’t turn off your anxious brain.
This is something we frequently hear during anxiety treatment. When you suffer from anxiety it can make it very hard to fall asleep because you lie in bed worrying about all kinds of things. Then, it’s hard to get up in the morning because you still feel anxious. This causes you to feel exhausted and overwhelmed as you try and navigate your day, leaving you with no energy to do things that bring you joy.
Your anxiety makes it hard to concentrate.
When your mind is filled with worry, and you’re consumed by stress, it’s tough to think about anything else. Even when you try and push your anxious thoughts away, they always seem to creep back in and take over. In fact, pushing them away can actually make them more powerful. So, if you find yourself unable to focus or pay attention to the tasks on your to-do list then, it’s a sign that you’d benefit from anxiety treatment.
Physical symptoms of anxiety
Anxiety doesn’t just affect your mind, can cause a host of other physical symptoms too. Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:
- An upset stomach or other GI issues
- Muscle tension
- Tightness in your chest
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Jaw pain from grinding teeth or clenching your jaw
- Chills or excessive sweating
You’re having panic attacks.
While many people may experience a panic attack once or twice over the course of their lives, you should not be having panic attacks on a regular basis. Signs of a panic attack often mimic those of a dizzy spell or heart attack and can be quite alarming. They can also be very mentally and physically draining. So, if you experience them often, it’s a good indication that you need to look into anxiety treatment.
If this sounds like you, then consider anxiety treatment
If you’ve made it to the bottom of this post and think that some of these symptoms really sound like what you’re going through, then please reach out to a therapist to discuss beginning anxiety treatment. You don’t have to live with the distress that anxiety causes. A skilled therapist can provide you with concrete tools to help you lessen the hold anxiety has over your life. This will provide you with relief from the painful anxiety symptoms you’re experiencing. They can also help you learn how to navigate stressful situations as they arise in the future. This will allow you to face your life with the confidence to know that you’re in control of your emotions which will provide additional peace of mind during tough times.
Begin Anxiety Treatment in Atlanta, GA:
If you’re ready to begin counseling to get control of your anxiety, then the therapy team at Wellview Counseling would love to speak with you. We offer anxiety treatment for adults, teens, and children at our counseling center in Roswell, GA. Follow these steps to begin anxiety treatment:
- Reach out to our counseling clinic and schedule a consultation call with one of our therapists,
- Meet with a therapist to ask any questions you may have about anxiety treatment at Wellview Counseling
- Begin counseling in Rosewell and take care of your mental health while practicing social distancing!
Other Therapy Services Offered at Wellview Counseling
Wellview Counseling in Atlanta, GA offers many mental health services to help you or your loved ones find healing and growth. Our therapy services include play therapy, child counseling, individual counseling, social skills groups for kids, therapy for postpartum anxiety and depression, anxiety treatment, trauma and PTSD treatment, chronic illness counseling, family therapy, and positive discipline parent education opportunities. Reach out to our Roswell, GA mental health clinic to learn more about counseling or online therapy. We would love to discuss the many ways we can help you or your loved one thrive!
About the Author: Therapist Ashley Bobo, LCSW
Ashley Bobo, LCSW is an Atlanta therapist who provides individual and family therapy to help with anxiety, depression, postpartum depression & anxiety, parent coaching, and other mental health concerns.
If you live in the Atlanta area (or anywhere in Georgia) and would like to begin counseling services for your child or anyone in your family, give us a call at 678-288-6221 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.