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Anxiety

The Short Version

Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. Anxiety disorders typically impact life in a way that negatively effects relationships, health, and daily life. Learn more about symptoms of anxiety and how counseling can help.

Anxiety Symptoms

This page is meant to provide information, not a diagnosis. Mental health professionals can help you with a diagnosis and treatment. Please do not use this information to self-diagnosis. There are many disorders that have overlapping and similar symptoms.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Symptoms

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Having difficulty concentrating
  • Being irritable
  • Difficulty controlling feelings or worry

Other anxiety disorders include panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobia-related disorders, specific phobias, agoraphobia, and separation anxiety disorder.

How Counseling Can Help

Counseling is tailored to each individual, type of anxiety disorder, and treatment goals. Anxiety disorders are often worked with in counseling with:
 
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Cognitive behavioral therapy looks closer at thinking patterns, such as mind reading, jumping to conclusions, and catastrophizing. In counseling, we can explore the thoughts, challenge them, and reframe them to a more realistic viewpoint.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Acceptance and commitment therapy use strategies, such as mindfulness, to reduce discomfort and anxiety.   

Both CBT and ACT are skills-based meaning that it takes practice to develop and strengthen the skill. 

Counseling is a space to learn, practice and develop skills to reduce anxiety.