Stress is not what happens to us.  Stress is our response to what happens.  And response is something we can choose.”  ~ Maureen Killoran

We live in busy, noisy and distracting times, and we’re bombarded with media, multitasking lifestyles, and technology like never before. When we take just a moment to breathe, what many of us experience is a desire for a few moments of peace.  A time out.  A break.

Sometimes we think the only way to relieve stress is to change our physical surroundings, but what often creates our stress is inside our minds, of our own making. And to worry about why our minds are creating such anxious thoughts just adds to the unrest!  No wonder anxiety is on the rise in our culture.

While everyone agonizes over certain deadlines, relationships, and important events, for some of us the constant worry can cause severe ongoing symptoms that impede or disrupt our daily lives.

Fortunately there are many appropriate and effective treatments for anxiety disorders, which can help the majority of those who experience anxiety.

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Major Types of Anxiety

There are several types of anxiety, each with their own unique characteristics.  All of them can include a combination of symptoms such as shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, trembling, dizziness, and a sense of ongoing dread.

Generalized Anxiety  leaves people with recurring fears or worries, and an uneasy sense that something bad is going to happen.  Often the fears center on health issues, finances, work, or worries about losing control.  It can be difficult to pinpoint the origin of these intense feelings, but they are very real and can impact one’s day-to-day life in a painful way.

Panic Disorder can arise when anxiety advances to intense and unprovoked feelings of terror and fear that interfere with the activities of daily living.  Fear of the next panic attack becomes as difficult to cope with as the attack itself and can lead to isolation and staying at home to avoid the pain.

Social phobias make it difficult to relax and be with other people in public. It is a constant feeling of being evaluated in a critical way, such that concentrating on anything else becomes almost impossible. The painful anxiety of being out with others is often too much to bear, such that staying home wins – over and over again.

You don’t have to suffer; anxiety CAN be treated. Relaxation and deep breathing exercises can be taught as a means of taking charge of some of the core anxiety that is present with all the disorders.  Awareness of one’s thoughts, and how those thoughts impact stress  can be addressed, and tools can be introduced to help reduce anxiety-producing thoughts to calmer and more supportive thoughts. As symptoms decrease, the sense of taking back control of one’s self emerges in a calm and confident way. And what a relief that can be!

I welcome you to give me a call at 925.520.5263 or email me to see if we might be a good fit for your concerns.  I’m here, and I care.