It is not uncommon to experience feelings of anxiety, especially in today’s fast-paced and demanding world. Although some anxiety is normal, persistent and overwhelming anxiety is not and it can significantly impact your mental and emotional wellbeing. In order to manage anxiety effectively, it is crucial to recognize when it’s time to seek out an anxiety therapist. Below are some warning signs that it is time to reach out to see a therapist for anxiety:
Anxiety is often accompanied by physical symptoms, such as digestive issues, headaches, muscle tension, increased heart rate, shaking, and/or sweating. The way these physical symptoms manifest feel mild, moderate, or severe, and almost always contributes to increased feelings of distress and unease.
Persistent and Worsening Worry
People with persistent and worsening worry may find it challenging to control their anxious thoughts and/or feel like worries shift from one thing to the next. This constant state of apprehension can be mentally and emotionally exhausting and often feels threatening to sit with.
Impact on Daily Functioning
It is possible that anxiety begins to interfere with your daily functioning, impacting your work performance, relationships, or personal endeavors. With anxiety, it often becomes difficult to concentrate, make decisions, and complete the most basic tasks.
Changes in Sleep Patterns
Sleep disturbances are very common with anxiety, and often fall on various ends of the spectrum. Some people who struggle with anxiety experience insomnia, trouble falling or staying asleep, and restlessness, while others may experience hypersomnia and sleep excessively.
Avoiding certain situations or activities because they trigger anxiety feels protective in the moment but is more harmful than helpful in longrun as it can limit you personally, professionally, and interpersonally.
Anxiety can significantly impact cognitive functioning, making it especially difficult to concentrate or focus on even the most basic of tasks. It is considered severe when racing thoughts, mental fatigue and an inability to manage time contribute to decreased productivity and participation in daily life.
Sudden and intense bouts of fear accompanied by physical symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, and shortness of breath are called panic attacks. Panic attacks can feel debilitating and when uncontrolled often lead to increased panic symptoms.
If you identify with any of the signs mentioned above, please know that you are not alone, and help is available. Seeking help is a sign of strength. Please reach out to Cityscape Counseling and inquire about meeting with a highly skilled anxiety therapist who is willing and able to support you, teach you ways to manage anxiety symptoms, and assist you in working toward a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Article written by Bari Rothfeld, LCSW