What is Anxiety
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health challenges in the US with over 20% of adults impacted in some way. This particular mental health condition can show up as fear, worry, or even panic. There are also physical symptoms of anxiety, such as racing heart, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping are quite common. Everyone has moments of worry and fears. The thoughts, feelings and physical reactions you have as a result of this can be normal, but they can become too intense or last too long. If left untreated, anxiety disorders can significantly diminish one’s quality of life.
Sources of Anxiety
The sources of anxiety are rooted in genetics, one’s view of the world, and your history of social nurturing. A history of trauma can have a major impact on the presentation of anxiety. Another important area of inquiry for anxiety is called ‘locus of control.’ How much control do you perceive that you have in regards to you life events? Life is fragile and uncertain. When your locus of control relies too much on external events you will be more susceptible to anxiety. The main catalyst for anxiety is the feeling of being in danger or out of control. Anxiety may also be caused by stress or by changes in your life, such as starting university or losing someone close to you.
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. – William James
Luckily, there are a number of ways to treat and cope with anxiety. These include talking to others about your feelings, practicing relaxation techniques, getting into exercise or hobbies, and working on your mental health
CBT is the most common treatment for anxiety. Yet, there are other approaches including psychodynamic, biofeedback, neurofeedback, Gestalt, and existential therapy. Referrals for medication may also be necessary. A comprehensive intake is the first step towards treating anxiety. Some key intake questions include:
- What stressors are in your life?
- What is your history of anxiety and panic attacks?
- What is your history of medication and other drug use?
- What are your greatest fears?
- What is the duration and severity of your symptoms?
These questions can help you get started in discovering what triggers your anxiety and how to work through your symptoms. Controlling anxiety is not an easy task; however, taking small steps can help you towards regaining control of your mind and body.
We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. – Joseph Campbell
It’s estimated that over 1 in 4 people will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. You don’t need to go through it alone. If you have concerns about anxiety, it’s important to seek help from a mental health professional. The best way to manage your symptoms is by finding the right treatment for you and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At Silicon Valley Therapy we have a team of providers who are highly skilled to help treat anxiety. We are here to help you find your inner peace.
Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions. – Pema Chodron