in Charlotte, NC
Sometimes you feel completely out of control.
Problem is, you’re not even sure why.
All you know is that you’re constantly nervous and on edge, and some nights your heart races so fast that you’re lucky if you get any sleep at all.
You try your best to keep it together, but sometimes the harder you try the worse it gets.
People-pleasing and perfectionism help to hide your anxiety and shield you from judgment. But eventually the exhaustion of “the performance” catches up with you, leaving you with no other option but to withdraw from nearly everyone in your life.
And worse yet, the isolation only leaves you feeling more defeated and alone.
The good news is you’re not alone—and things can change.
Anxiety is not only the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., affecting nearly 1 in 5 adults every single year; it’s also the most treatable.
In anxiety therapy, we help you get to the bottom of your anxiety and then develop tools to reverse it.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress or perceived danger.
When your mind senses that something bad is about to happen, it fires up this built-in survival response. Increased heartrate, chest tightness, sweaty palms, and panic are just some of the ways your body may gear up to respond to worry, fear and apprehension.
Of course, when you’re faced with actual danger, this natural survival response plays an incredibly important role, one that can literally save your life.
But when your mind struggles to differentiate between real and perceived danger, causing your internal alarm to remain stuck on “on,” this natural response to threat can also begin to wreak serious havoc in your life.
Common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Inability to control feelings of nervousness
- Restlessness and difficulty relaxing
- Fear of judgment
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
- Headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains
- Feeling irritable or “on edge”
- Light-headedness or feeling out of breath
When does anxiety therapy make sense?
We all feel anxious at times. Job interviews, first dates or public speaking can cause most of us to feel fearful or nervous. And this ordinary type of anxiety can actually play an important role in our lives—motivating us to complete important tasks or prepare for high-stakes events, for example. Though it’s seldom a pleasant experience, this ordinary anxiety comes and goes, and it doesn’t interfere with our everyday lives.
But sometimes anxiety can get out of hand, becoming increasingly more intense and often even debilitating. You may notice yourself feeling fearful and on edge almost all the time, dealing with intense feelings of inadequacy or simply feeling exhausted for no apparent reason.
When feelings of anxiety become extreme, hang around for months (or longer), and begin to affect your relationships, work performance or other important areas of your life, it may be time to seek therapy.
How does anxiety therapy help?
In our work together, we’ll focus on identifying and changing the underlying self-beliefs and feelings that drive your anxiety, helping you to feel more relaxed and self-confident.
We’ll also help you build a toolbox of skills to help you regulate intense emotions, minimize feelings of anxiety, and feel more in control in your day-to-day life.
At the end of treatment, you’ll enjoy a clearer, quieter mind and feel more prepared for whatever life throws at you next.
Have stress and anxiety taken control of your life? Anxiety therapy can help. Reach out today to schedule your first appointment at Modern Era Counseling in Charlotte, NC.