Has Anxiety Overtaken Your Life?

Does it feel next to impossible for you to relax? Are you a recent graduate who is having a hard time adjusting to professional life? Are you overwhelmed by work or school demands and wishing for life balance? Perhaps you are having trouble sleeping because you are constantly wound up and stressed out. Or maybe worries, fears and even panic are keeping you from engaging in activities you once loved. Do you find it difficult to make day-to-day decisions? Is your anxiety affecting your relationships with friends, family and coworkers? Do you wish you could just breathe calmly and get through one day without worrying?

Contrary to popular belief, stress is part of normal, everyday life. A certain amount of stress and even nervousness is actually a good thing, provided you have the resources to face the challenge at hand. But when you feel sick, out of control or like you can’t handle common, everyday situations, that’s not just stress. It’s likely that you’ve crossed the line over to anxiety.

Anxiety Manifests in Different Ways for Different People

Anxiety affects people in a variety of ways, and symptoms can present through a mild discomfort or become so intense they keep people from leaving their homes. Perhaps you are constantly worrying or have an underlying sense that the worst is going to happen. This may feel very strange, uncomfortable and unfamiliar to you since it’s not how you normally think. You may have difficulty concentrating and making decisions. Because you feel emotionally out of control, you could be avoiding activities, loved ones or social situations that you used to enjoy.

Perhaps you are worried about your work or school performance not being good enough. You may even be concerned that you might lose your job or scholarship altogether. Procrastination goes hand in hand with anxiety. When you procrastinate, you don’t put forward your best effort, which inevitably causes more stress. You may also have a hard time sticking to a schedule or knocking things off a to-do list. Instead, you find yourself worrying even more, which can make you feel guilty and more anxious. Anxiety is a vicious cycle that robs you of your energy and enthusiasm for the things you care about.

When you are constantly preoccupied with work or school performance, it can be difficult to engage meaningfully in a romantic relationship. And, you probably worry about this, too. You may feel like you are putting your personal happiness on hold in order to get ahead at work or school. If you are in a relationship, anxiety can be very stressful for your partner as well. Your friends and loved ones may want to help, but not know how. Your parents may feel helpless, too, especially if they live far away. It’s very difficult for parents to see their child hurting and not be able to soothe him or her.

You may be having debilitating physical symptoms as a result of your anxiety, such as a racing heartbeat, trouble breathing, nausea, excessive sweating or full-blown panic attacks – all of which can be very frightening because these symptoms often mimic the feeling of a heart attack.

Anxiety can make you feel like you’ll never be your normal, fun-loving self again. But, guess what? You’re not alone. Anxiety is a very common issue, and with the help of a skilled therapist, you can feel like yourself again.

Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Relax, Think Clearly and Feel Motivated

Anxiety is a highly treatable disorder, and research as well as millions of people who have successfully learned to manage anxiety, demonstrate that anxiety treatment is highly effective. Our goal at Philadelphia Assessment & Counseling is to equip you with tools to help you mitigate your anxiety in real time and get you back to feeling good as fast as possible–not to keep you in therapy for years.

In anxiety treatment, you will learn what’s happening in your body when anxiety arises. For some people, anxiety is mental, while for others it’s more body-centric and can feel like a physical illness. You will gain insight into how you personally experience anxiety and learn how to tell the difference between anxiety and actual pain. You can develop skills that can help you physically relax, quiet your mind and focus. Your therapist can teach you several exercises that turn on the relaxation response in the body. This alone can be a life-changer. Once you understand the mental and physiological workings of anxiety, it’s a lot less scary.

You don’t have to live with debilitating anxiety. Yes, there will always be stressors in life, but anxiety treatment can help you learn to see challenges as opportunities, not something to be feared or uneasy about. Stressful things will happen, but anxiety treatment can give you the resources to deal with them. Your counselor’s job is to help you know yourself, learn to recognize when you are getting anxious and implement strategies to help you manage uncomfortable thoughts and feelings in the moment. We have helped many people get back to living happy, healthy, productive lives, and are confident we can help you, too.

You may be curious about anxiety treatment, but still have some questions and concerns…

Won’t talking about my problems make me feel more anxious?

We’ll be honest: there are times when anxiety treatment may be difficult or uncomfortable. But usually, we are able to teach clients some in-the-moment skills to manage their anxiety within the first couple of sessions. Most clients report that their anxiety decreases at least a little very shortly after beginning anxiety treatment.

Why do I need a professional therapist? I can talk to my family and friends about my problems.

More than likely, you’re already doing that. Is it working?

It’s great to have people to talk to when we are stressed, and sometimes our loved ones give great advice. But, there is a huge benefit to really understanding your anxiety disorder, rather than simply being comforted in the moment. And, some of the people you confide in may be too close to the situation to remain objective. Many clients start to feel guilty about placing a burden on their friends and family, which can cause more anxiety.

How will I make time for treatment or coaching?

We have very flexible office hours. We see clients during lunch hours and evenings, with appointment times that start as late as 8 p.m. We will help you find a way to fit a 45–50 minute appointment into your schedule once a week. We are located in Center City, which is close to both the university and the professional district.

We are happy to address your concerns and answer any questions about anxiety treatment and my practice.

Dr. Kelly Romirowsky is the founder and director of Philadelphia Assessment & Counseling, LLC. .

Please call for a free 15-minute consultation.* We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you start to feel like yourself again.

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