Anxiety is the most common mental health problem in the United States. 40 million people experience some form of it. You are not alone!
A person can be paralyzed by general anxiety about everything or have a specific and tormenting fear. He or she may be crippled by social anxiety. Panic attacks are also a form of anxiety. Sudden difficulty breathing, heart palpitation, internally experienced trembling or external shaking, and often profuse sweating are its classic symptoms. It can feel like you are having a heart attack because the symptoms come out of nowhere, even shocking people awake from a sound sleep!
Another form of anxiety is experienced as an internal pressure to make sure certain things are exactly right. It can also be experienced as an inability to stop thinking about troubling thoughts and then compulsively engaging in repeated actions in an attempt to relieve ones self from those thoughts. This is called obsessive-compulsive disorder. In religious circles it is often called scrupulosity. Sometimes the content of the obsessive thoughts and/or compulsive behaviors are embarrassing and so not disclosed to a medical or mental health professional. This prevents treatment and thus leads to other problems such as shame, a sense of helplessness, and depression. Obsessive-compulsive conditions are very treatable with therapy and/or medication.
All forms of anxiety are in fact highly treatable. Here you will receive specific research-backed psychological treatment that has been proven successful in reducing symptoms. If medication is needed you will be asked to sign permission for me to coordinate treatment with your medical provider since I do not prescribe medication.
Anxiety is often experienced with depression. Many of the methods used for anxiety can address both those ailments at the same time.