Anxiety Should Rule Your Life: Thrive Boston Anxiety Counseling can Help

Anxiety Should Rule Your Life: Thrive Boston Anxiety Counseling can Help

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Frank Herbert, Dune

Anxiety doesn't always look the same for every person, or even for the same person from day to day, but its effects are cumbersome. The weight of anxiety can make you feel trapped, like there is nowhere for your life to go but downward, but know that treatment is both readily available and highly effective.

Do certain environments or activities make you uncomfortable? Have you ever experienced a panic attack? Are decisions and tasks that seem easy for many a source of great worry for you? There is a chance that you, just like millions of others, might be suffering from anxiety.

Anxiety disorders can form for a variety reasons, including drug addiction, childhood abuse and trauma, and people of all ages can experience the symptoms. No matter the source for your anxiety, however, know that the clinicians at Thrive Boston Anxiety Counseling are available to help you overcome these challenging emotions.

You don't have to struggle with anxiety on your own. Let us work with you to find relief.

Also, if you believe your son or daughter is dealing with anxiety issues, we have experienced child therapists on our staff who have the specific training required for helping kids work through what's troubling them in a safe, engaging environment.

Care is only a phone call away.

Anxiety Can Take Various Forms

We all go through periods of internal strife, of worry and frustration. For some, these periods might be temporary and seldom, but for many, it can feel like there is no end to the struggle and stress.

Anxiety is a constant fearful state, accompanied by a feeling of unrest, dread, or worry in which the person may not be aware of what is creating the feeling of fear. The symptoms can be both emotional and physical.

Anxiety is aroused by a number of factors:

  1. External situations (viewing the nightly news, fast paced lifestyle)
  2. Physical well being (lack of sleep, blood sugar imbalance)
  3. Learning (parents who were highly anxious)
  4. Trauma (situations that may be similar to experiences of the past that caused great pain)
Forms of anxiety disorders include:
  1. Generalized anxiety disorder
  2. Social anxiety
  3. Phobias
  4. Panic disorder
  5. Agoraphobia (fear of specific places or situations)
  6. Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  7. Post-traumatic stress syndrome
  8. Separation anxiety
Anxiety symptoms can include:
  1. Inability to relax
  2. Tense feelings
  3. Rapid heartbeat
  4. Dry mouth
  5. Increased blood pressure
  6. Jumpiness or feeling faint
  7. Excessive perspiring
  8. Feeling clammy
  9. Constant anticipation of trouble
  10. Constant feeling of uneasiness

Even just the though of your potentially having an anxiety disorder and the decision to seek help can be causes of distress. You might be experiencing embarrassment over this issue and be second-guessing treatment, but it's important that you recognize how great your anxiety is at manipulating you into keeping things just the way they are.

The truth is that there is something that is standing in the way of you achieving the relationships and career you want, and the professionals at Thrive Boston Anxiety Counseling can help you, just as they've helped thousands before you, pursue a new mode of living.

What are Panic Attacks?

Panic attacks are sudden, overwhelming, fearful reactions that accompany feelings of impending doom. The sufferer of a panic attack may feel like he is "going crazy" or is having a heart attack.

During a panic attack, the person feels out of control. Symptoms include:
  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Racing heartbeat
  3. Sweating
  4. Dizziness
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Ringing ears
  8. Choking
  9. Vertigo
  10. Becoming homebound in fear of another attack
There is a reason we experience fear.

While most people experience fear as a negative emotion, fear has a positive component. If you find that you have turned down a one-way street and see a car heading directly at you, fear triggers an autonomic response that sends a signal to your brain to "flee" the potentially dangerous situation.

Fear becomes a problem when a person becomes afraid of things that are not real or when the feeling of fear is out of proportion to what the person is actually experiencing.

Tips for Overcoming Anxiety

1. Change your Thoughts

Dispute negative thoughts and irrational beliefs with positive thoughts and truth. What positive thoughts about the situation are you ignoring?

2. Watch for Triggers

Try to minimize activities and input that induce anxiety.

3. Keep Moving Forward

Learn from setbacks and continue to face down your fears (take some risks). If you become afraid, to move your focus on the external world and others rather than the internal feelings of anxiety. Focus on the solution, not the problem.

4. Be Patient with Yourself

Remember that growth and recovery from anxiety takes time. With patience and practice you will overcome your anxiety.

Looking For Boston Anxiety Counseling? Let's talk today.

Call us at 617-395-5806

A therapist at Thrive Boston Counseling is available to talk with you, today. If you call and reach our voice message system, don't be discouraged! We still want to talk with you, we are just seeing clients. Leave your name and phone number and we will call you back that day.

Some methods of anxiety disorder treatment include the following:
  1. Cognitive behavioral methods
  2. Interpersonal therapy
  3. Gradual exposure therapy treatment
  4. Play therapy (for children)
  5. Medications
  6. Developing a schedule that includes time for exercise and relaxation

When you call Thrive Boston Anxiety Counseling, you will reach a real person (NOT an answering machine) who will help you find an appointment this week, if not within 24 hours of your call.

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