Is Anxiety Taking Over Your Life?
Living with heightened stress and anxiety can be a troubling, frustrating and even scary experience.
You may wake up already on the wrong foot—immediately worrying about everything you have to do. As the rush of thoughts becomes intrusive, you may become forgetful, on edge or emotional. It may feel like nothing you do is effective, which fuels a cycle of negative thinking that’s difficult to get past on your own. You might feel dragged down by stress, making every day a struggle.
Sometimes the signs of anxiety are hard to identify.
Anxiety symptoms can vary for each person, including:
- stomach issues
- loss of breath
- chest pain
- sleep issues
- eating problems
- panic attacks
To overcome anxiety symptoms, you may use lots of coping skills, both healthy and unhealthy. Perhaps you’re overindulging in computer use, TV or another temporary distraction that doesn’t ultimately resolve your distress. It’s possible you’ve tried to feel better, but the negative thought cycles return, leaving you feeling like nothing is going to help.
Anxiety is More Common Than You Might Think
If you are struggling with stress or anxiety symptoms, you are not alone. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most commonly diagnosed mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, which is roughly 18 percent of the population. Women are twice as likely to develop anxiety compared to men. However, it’s extremely common for both men and women.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help After Major Life Changes
- the loss of a loved one
- a new baby
- an empty nest
- a medical diagnosis
Struggling with anxiety doesn’t mean you’re less than or should have to deal with this on your own.
Whenever you experience stress, the body naturally responds, kicking your system into high alert. Stress hormones flood through you, attempting to prepare you for whatever’s going on. But, if you’re constantly stressed, your body never has the opportunity to return to a resting baseline. When stress builds in your system, physical symptoms may occur, such as stomach problems, migraines, and mood issues. These can be very destabilizing, affecting everything from work productivity to relationships.
Sadly, only 40 percent of those suffering ever receive counseling for anxiety. Stress is common. But, many overwhelmed people don’t realize anxiety is the reason. It makes finding and pursuing your purpose more difficult.
The good news is that anxiety treatment is within reach.
You don’t need to live with anxiety forever. With counseling tailored to your life, you can learn effective ways to communicate, relax, enhance your sense of focus and seek fulfillment.
Anxiety Therapy in Scotch Plains Can Help You Thrive
Anxiety treatment can be incredibly effective in helping you identify triggers and learn effective ways to not just manage them, but lessen and even completely overcome them.
Because anxiety is so common, we know a lot about how stress affects the mind and body.
Today, there are a number of different techniques available to treat anxiety.
In therapy, we’ll figure out what’s fueling your anxiety. From there, we’ll craft strategies you can use to free yourself from the cycles of stress.
Throughout anxiety treatment, you can expect to gain a thorough understanding of how stress affects you. We will examine pieces of your life, like your family, career, relationships and more. You will build skills that can reduce sources of stress, such as helping you feel more effective in your parenting or career. Additionally, we may consider your sleep, diet and exercise and ways you’re currently dealing with stress. Some of these, like excessive internet use or gaming may not be serving you. With newfound insights about what’s working and not working in your life, you’ll come to understand what triggers your anxiety. Together, we can explore methods to increase the balance and satisfaction in your life.
It’s common for anxiety to cloud your perceptions of yourself, others and the future.
In a safe, compassionate space, you’ll have the ability to test these beliefs with a licensed therapist. You’ll learn how to recognize when anxiety is trying to make choices for you or steal you away from the present moment. When you’re able to notice your unique triggers, you get the upper hand over anxiety. Finally, you will have more control over your thoughts and behaviors.
A Strengths-Based Approach to Anxiety Treatment
At Brave Minds Psychological Services, we hold a strength-based philosophy. That means we believe in discovering and utilizing your innate wisdom, resources and instincts. Chances are, there are so many ways in which you’re already successful and resilient in your day to day life. We seek to harness those positives and build from them. We also look very realistically at your environment, and provide useful, practical tips that fit directly into the context of your life.
Our licensed therapists have helped countless adults deal with their anxiety symptoms. To live with increased ease. Collectively, we have over two decades of experience helping folks who are struggling with stress symptoms, and we’re confident we can help you, too. Often, we will use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), or Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to treat your anxiety.
With the right insight, guidance, and tools, it’s possible to feel confident, composed, and empowered.
We also offer Online Therapy for Anxiety for residents of the state of New Jersey. See an online anxiety therapist from the comfort of your home.
You May Still Have Questions About Counseling for Anxiety
I’m overwhelmed. I don’t have the time for anxiety treatment.
You could be overwhelmed because you simply have too much going on. Or, that feeling of overwhelm may stem from the anxiety itself.
Anxiety often slows down our ability to be productive and accomplish goals. It slows down the ability to think in a stressful situation. It makes managing everyday tasks more difficult.
Do you have the time to continue carrying the burden of anxiety? Would you like to have more energy? Feel more compassion for others? You can even enjoy the clarity needed to take good care of yourself.
Will I need to take anxiety medication?
Although we don’t prescribe medication, we are available to work with outside medical providers and make referrals as needed. However, if you can participate in the therapy process, medication is often not needed. If your anxiety prevents you from mobilizing these techniques out in the world, then medication can be a helpful, and oftentimes a temporary, solution.
I’ve tried everything, and I doubt anxiety counseling will help.
When you’re caught in a cycle of anxiety, it can be hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The truth is that anxiety is very common and very treatable. There are so many resources and methods available to treat anxiety. These evidence-based techniques that are proven to help people better manage life’s stressors. With guidance that’s tailored to you and your life, it’s possible to not only better manage anxiety symptoms but lessen and overcome them.
Begin Anxiety Counseling In Branchburg and Scotch Plains, NJ
You don’t have to keep living with signs of anxiety – you deserve to be the best version of yourself possible and we, at Brave Minds Psychological Services, can help you in your journey. Our skilled and caring therapists online or at our offices in Branchburg and Scotch Plains are waiting to give you the best anxiety treatment available. To begin counseling, there are a few simple steps:
- Connect with Brave Minds Psychological Services today.
- Get your questions answered in a free consultation phone call with our compassionate therapists.
- Start your journey towards anxiety relief today!
Other Counseling Services At Brave Minds Psychological Services
At Brave Minds Psychological Services, we offer a variety of services from our licensed therapists in order to get you on the right path to healing. We can help you online and in-person and would be honored to be a part of your life. Our therapeutic services include therapy for children, anxiety treatment for children, child sexual abuse therapy, therapy for teens, anxiety treatment for teens, teen social phobia therapy, couples counseling, counseling for parents, therapy for birth trauma, postpartum counseling, sexual assault counseling for adults, food allergy therapy, and group therapy. We also have a blog where we write about a variety of different mental health subjects. If you’re interested in learning more about our mental health services here at Brave Minds Psychological Services, please contact our Scotch Plains and Branchburg counseling offices! Proud to serve Somerville, Bridgewater, Raritan, Readington and surrounding areas as well as Fanwood, Westfield, Cranford, New Providence and surrounding areas.