How do i know if i have anxiety?

Commonly reported symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Panic, fear and uneasiness
  • Sleep Problems/Insomnia
  • Confusion
  • Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling extremities 
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Racing Heart
  • Dry Mouth
  • Digestion Problems
  • Sore Muscles
  • Dizziness

For anxiety to be present, you don't have to exhibit all of the symptoms listed. 


How do we treat anxiety?

The treatment of anxiety will vary per individual, but the ideal approach is to identify the driving emotional response & finding resolution. Our therapist utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to tackle anxiety. CBT is one of the top evidence-based treatment options for anxiety. Utilizing CBT coping skills should provide results, and reduce symptoms. In CBT the client is actively involved in learning a sense of control, and obtaining skills that are useful throughout life. CBT typcially involves learning about the problem, keeping records & completing homework assignments between sessions. Repeatedly practicing in addition to therapy sessions implement a routine that is critical for symptom management.  

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types of anxiety

Anxiety is at the root of many mental health conditions, including panic attacks and phobias. It is often directly related to other conditions, like obsessions and compulsions, PTSD, and depression. In addition to generalized anxiety, the DSM-5 lists the following mental health issues as anxiety disorders:

  • Separation anxiety: Can be characterized by reluctance to leave home or be apart from parents and anxiety when separated from parents. 
  • Selective mutism: Selective mutism means not speaking at all in only some situations. This may cause issues with academic, work, or social success.
  • Panic: Panic disorder is diagnosed by recurring panic attacks, including physical symptoms of anxiety. 
  • Specific phobias: Phobias are fear surrounding a certain object or situation, which the person avoids. 
  • Social anxiety: People with social anxiety feel fear or anxiety in social situations. The fear is often out of proportion to the threat, and people with social anxiety may avoid social situations. 
  • Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia can include fear of being in open or enclosed spaces, leaving one’s house, and being in crowds or using public transportation.
  • Medication/substance-induced anxiety: This condition is diagnosed by anxiety that seems to be directly caused by exposure to certain substances, like caffeine or alcohol. The anxiety could also be caused by a medication.