Anxiety

Anxiety

Living with Anxiety

We all worry. But if you're someone struggling with chronic anxiety, you know that worrying is only the tip of the iceberg. Waking with that feeling of dread when facing the day, second-guessing even the smallest decisions, struggling to keep track of mounting obligations, finding it impossible to get out of your head long enough to enjoy the moment---anxiety can take a heavy toll on most facets of life. To make matters worse, being anxious is exhausting. It puts relentless strain on the body and mind which can weaken our immune system and make us more susceptible to illness and a host of other physical ailments. If you are suffering from anxiety, getting the right help can make a world of difference and dramatically improve your quality of life.

Treatment for anxiety addresses a number of factors in a person's life that may be contributing.

 

 

 

Anxiety is a funny thing. It can be our best friend, or our worst enemy, and originates from the most basic instinct we have: survival. Every organism on this planet tends to naturally prioritize survival above all else. And for very good reason. This instinct is innate and does not require thought to be activated. Even as complex creatures, humans are no different. If you need proof, tell a friend to sneak up on you sometime when you're completely unaware. Odds are you will flinch, jump, recoil, or adopt a fighting stance. Why? Because you sensed danger and experienced fear.

 

When we experience anxiety, our bodies release a number of hormones such as adrenaline, norepinephrine, and dopamine that heighten/intensify our senses so that we stand a better chance of surviving the perceived threat. We become more alert, display faster reflexes, and experience a rush of energy to accommodate our next move: fight or flight.

While our knee-jerk reaction to danger has allowed us to thrive as a species, it can often become over-developed when constantly bombarded by stressors. In the modern world, the specter of life-threatening harm is far less common than it was for our ancestors thousands of years ago. Yet in many ways our instinctive brains experience stress in similar ways, and life carries with it many stress-inducing situations.

 

 

Generalized Anxiety

Excessive stress, worry, and apprehension in a variety of settings and situations.

Social Anxiety

Chronic fear or apprehension when required to interact with another person or group of people.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

When the only way to reduce anxiety is through specific compulsive behavior.

 

Trauma

Continuously re-experiencing anxiety resulting from a terrifying experience.