Anxiety is a normal response to certain stimuli in our environment. For many people this feeling goes beyond normal day-to-day stress and  becomes a major hinderance. This can range from slightly annoying to extremely debilitating. Some people find that anxiety negatively impacts their relationships, careers, and overall quality of life by making it difficult to deal with frustrating situations, encourage impatient interactions with others, and lead to avoidance of situations and people. If gone unchecked, anxiety can lead to physical, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral consequences. Problems with relationships, work, and home and family lives is also common for people living with anxiety.

If you have recurrent problems with any of the following symptoms, you may want to consider visiting with a professional about treatment options:

  • Avoiding certain people
  • Avoiding social gatherings
  • Panic Attacks
  • Angry Outbursts
  • Rituals and other Compulsive Behaviors
  • Nightmares and Flashbacks
  • Difficulties Sleeping

These symptoms can also include physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, constipation, diarrhea, stomach aches, and headaches (among others). These symptoms are not necessarily related to anxiety, but are common with unchecked anxious feelings as well.

Treatment strategies to combat anxiety include a variety of techniques, depending on the type and severity of symptoms. This can range from changing thought patterns to making changes in your daily diet and adding some exercise.
Please contact me for more information about how Vantage Point can help with these problems.

Therapy for Stress and Anxiety February 10, 2012