Anxiety is a complex multidimensional condition that involves feelings, thoughts, and body or somatic sensations. Anxiety is usually experienced as feelings of nervousness, tension, and sometimes fear. Worry is the thinking part of anxiety and thoughts that begin with “what if” and thinking of the worst case or possible catastrophes are common. The body or somatic sensations are varied and can include: nausea or stomach distress, headaches, muscle tension, racing heart, and feeling light headed or dizzy. When someone is experiencing anxiety problems with sleeping, either falling asleep or staying sleep, may occur as well. Anxiety comes about when danger or a threat is perceived. If the danger is real then the physical arousal that happens prepares us to take action to cope with the danger. However, much of what we perceive as a threat to our survival is not in reality the danger we imagine.
If you think you may have anxiety you can complete the anxiety screening checklist (see below). If you are having two or more of the symptoms often or more over the past week then you may be experiencing some type of anxiety disorder.
Fortunately, you do not need to continue suffering with anxiety. There are a number of remedies for anxiety that have been shown through scientific research to be very effective. These interventions include: cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, yoga, and physical exercise. The resources below can help you cope better with anxiety and you can contact my office to set up an appointment to get help. Remember you do not need to continue suffering.