Anxiety can have many faces:
- Excessive worry/overthinking situations (past or future) to the point of discomfort.
- Feeling restless or uneasy.
- Feeling overwhelmed by everyday tasks.
- Obsessive thoughts and/or trouble concentrating.
- Heart palpitations, chest pressure, shaking, muscle tension.
- Digestive issues.
- Avoidance of situations, things, or people.
Anxiety is your body’s way of telling you there is work to be done, an action is needed. We all get it sometimes, and we all need it sometimes. That uneasy feeling can act as our intuition, letting us know when something is not quite right. It can also provide our bodies with the energy and resources we need to escape dangerous situations. But for some, anxiety is happening too often, when no danger is present. Anxiety becomes a problem when it is negatively impacting your life.
Do you seem to have that uneasy feeling all the time? Perhaps you are avoiding social situations, or feel like you are being held hostage by your fears. Anxiety can keep you from fully enjoying your life, and hold you back from important opportunities. It creates a barrier between you and the world around you. The good news is, anxiety is very treatable! Maybe your system needs a bit of a reset, or maybe your current situation just isn’t working. When it comes to treating anxiety and worry, how we deal with the worry matters more than what the worry actually is. Too many anxiety approaches focus mainly on coping, and that isn’t enough. Yes, coping skills are helpful and they have their place, but treatment requires a more active approach. Let’s get on offense rather than defense!
Anxiety treatment is a true passion of mine. I know it well, and this is what I do. You do not need to settle for a life that is ruled by anxiety. Let’s get to know you for YOU, not your worries. If you are ready to make a change, contact me.
Potential symptoms of anxious kids:
- School refusal/avoidance.
- Seeming emotionally overwhelmed.
- Avoiding previously enjoyed activities.
- Unexplainable upset stomach, headaches.
- Sleep disturbances.
- Clinginess and fearfulness.
- Mood swings.
If your child is showing signs of anxiety, the first step is always to see your family doctor to rule out other causes. The next step is to see a treatment professional. I am a Certified Child and Adolescent Anxiety Treatment Professional, meaning I have specific training to work with anxious kids. I help families understand how anxiety works and what to do about it. If your family has been struggling with an anxious child, contact me today.