Anxious Thoughts Sound Like:
- I can’t do this
- What if I fail, What if look foolish, What if…Fill in the blank
- I am a bad person, I am not worthy
- Its all my fault and I am sorry
- They must not like me and they probably think I am dumb
Do any of these thought patterns sound familiar? We want to normalize that everyone experiences moments where the mind can be flooded with thoughts of inadequacy and worry. The difference is when these self-defeating thoughts are your personal dialogue with yourself daily. This is when it can become problematic to the overall sense of well-being and worthiness. Persistent negative thought patterns and worry can develop into anxiety symptoms. Therapist treating anxiety can help you identify and create new thought patterns about yourself.
Common symptoms of Anxiety:
- Nervousness, restlessness, being tense, or jittery
- Feelings of danger, panic or dread
- Panic attacks/Anxiety attacks
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
- Obsessions about certain ideas or things
- Anxiety surrounding a particular life event or experience that has occurred in the past
Something we would like you to keep in mind is that anxiety has a functional purpose in some situations but it becomes dysfunctional when it begins to interfere with how we function in our daily lives. When Anxiety is left untreated it can be extremely debilitating and scary but you do not have to let Anxiety run your life.
Treatment for Anxiety
Research supports that therapeutic intervention is one of the most effective ways to treat symptoms of anxiety and help people feel relief.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Tonya Torres, LMFT has been trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches that help adolescents and adults overcome anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a psychological treatment focused on the thoughts and behaviors that accompany psychological distress. CBT has been well researched and is considered an evidenced practiced for treating anxiety symptoms. CBT is focused on identifying and achieving well defined and measurable treatment goals.
Mindfulness Based Practices
Additional treatment options that are well supported by research, are Mindfulness Based practices. Many people that struggle with anxious symptoms live their lives in a heightened state of arousal but learning how to incorporate mindfulness help to regulate these heightened states. Mindfulness exercises help individuals slow down into the present moment which begins to induce the relaxation response restoring the body to a base level. When participants are in a more regulated state they become equipped to access healthier thinking patterns and it opens up the opportunity to utilize additional treatment techniques.
Yoga & Therapy
Additionally, Yoga is a practice that cultivates mindfulness and it strings together a variety of postures in a moving mediation to bring the focus to the present moment and increase body awareness. The yoga practice teaches people through an experiential support how to use their breath to move deeper into postures and get through challenges.
Start a New Journey Today!
Through the aid of counseling a person delves deep within their own psyche to better understand patterns of dysfunction to correct and inspire lasting change to anxiety. We hope that you will take the first step to feeling some relief and control. Give us a call today to schedule your first session and we can talk through what treatment options are best for you.