When many people think of anxiety, they think of someone who worries a lot. Symptoms of anxiety can include excessive worry, but also include many other things that often people do not recognize as symptoms of anxiety. For example, did you know that feelings of restlessness, being "on the edge", having trouble sleeping, feeling irritable, and tight, sore muscles from muscle tension can all be symptoms of untreated anxiety? Left untreated, generalized anxiety can eventually develop into more serious mental health conditions, such as panic disorder, phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
Counseling has been proven to be an effective way to treat anxiety, and prevent it from worsening. The team members here at In Session Counseling are experienced and well trained at helping clients who present with anxiety disorders. Often, a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques are used in an anxiety counseling treatment plan. CBT teaches clients to identify problem thought patterns that lead to anxious thoughts. Mindfulness techniques help clients to recognize the physical signs of anxiety in your body, and how calming the body can help to calm the mind.
Many people do experience symptoms of anxiety following trauma. "Trauma" can mean anything that a person finds deeply troubling, disturbing, or difficult. Some examples of trauma can include but are not limited to: being in an accident or having a "near death" experience, a natural disaster, experiencing war, a serious illness, an assault, or death of a loved one.
Witnessing these things or seeing someone you love have to go through some of these things can be considered "trauma" as well. Following a traumatic experience, it is considered "normal" and expected to experience some symptoms of anxiety. We urge anyone who has experienced trauma to consider specialized mental health counseling, especially if troubling symptoms are lingering. Left untreated, these symptoms can develop into more serious mental health conditions, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
If you’ve been searching for a “trauma therapist near me” or someone to offer the anxiety counseling you need, In Session Counseling can help. Contact us today.