Are you constantly tense, worried, or on edge? Does your anxiety interfere with your work, school, or family responsibilities? Are you overwhelmed by fears that you know are irrational, but can’t shake? Do you avoid situations or activities because they cause you anxiety? Do you experience unexpected attacks of heart-pounding panic?
If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
In moderation, anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, anxiety can help you stay alert and focused, and motivate you to take action and solve problems. But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming, when it interferes with your relationships and activities—then you’ve crossed the line from normal, productive anxiety into the territory of disordered anxiety.
Research shows that coping skills like relaxation, meditation, mindfulness, hypnosis and others like these help to soothe the mind and minimize stress. The practice of quieting the mind leads to enhanced decision making and peace.
Get professional help and learn strategies to soothe yourself and master your anxiety.
Dr. Baya Mebarek, Psy.D., LMFT