Everyone experiences some form of anxiety at one point in his or her life. In its origins, anxiety has an adaptive function and in its milder form can even be described as healthy. For example, mild anxiety about an upcoming job interview leads us to effectively prepare in order to put our best foot forward.
However, any form of persistent anxiety can be debilitating and impact many areas of daily functioning including physical health, sleep, and relationships. It can be difficult to tease out when and how anxiety transitions from being helpful to harmful.
If one or more of these questions resonates for you, the anxiety you are experiencing may no longer be adaptive. Therapy can assist you in identifying the source of your anxiety and challenge the thought patterns/triggers that perpetuate the symptoms.
Anxiety therapy can help you incorporate new coping skills to manage and prevent anxiety symptoms from exacerbating. Exposure therapy may also be a part of the experience once coping skills have been learned in which you practice what you fear in order to become less afraid.
The process will be collaborative and you will feel supported as you learn to feel less overwhelmed in your daily life.
“Don't believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that - thoughts.”