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Are You Struggling with Anxiety?
Anxiety is a common mental health condition that can affect anyone, but it's important to know that help is available. If you're wondering whether you may be experiencing anxiety, there are several signs and symptoms to look out for. One of the most common symptoms is excessive worrying, where you may find it hard to stop worrying even when there is little reason to do so. Physical symptoms such as rapid heart rate, sweating, shaking, or shortness of breath can also occur, even in non-stressful situations, and may feel like a panic attack. It's also very common for depression and anxiety to show up together.
Other symptoms of anxiety include difficulty sleeping, changes in appetite, irritability, or restlessness, and difficulty concentrating or completing tasks. If you think you may be experiencing anxiety, it's essential to reach out to a mental health professional who can diagnose anxiety and develop a personalized treatment plan for you.
An effective treatment for anxiety typically involves a combination of therapy and medication. Both Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have been found to be effective at treating anxiety. Anti-anxiety medication can also be effective, but it's essential to work with a mental health professional to find the right medication and dosage for you.
Aside from therapy and medication, lifestyle changes can also help manage anxiety symptoms. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep are important in managing anxiety symptoms. Engaging in self-care activities, such as hobbies or spending time with loved ones, and relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises can also be helpful.
Remember, anxiety is a treatable condition, and with the right treatment, you can begin to feel better and regain control over your life. Seeking help is the first step, and you are not alone.
The author, Camilla Olsen, CMHC, is licensed to see clients in the State of Utah. If you are interested in starting therapy with her, please fill out the Request an Appointment form on her website.
You may also be interested to know, that she has published several books and workbooks. Click here to read more about them!
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About the Author
Cami is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, specializing in helping adult clients heal from past trauma. With experience in treating depression, anxiety, grief, and childhood trauma, Cami provides compassionate care using a variety of therapeutic approaches including EMDR, CBT, and Sand Tray Therapy.
Do you live in the State of Utah? If so, would you like to become a client?
Fill out the Request an Appointment form to get started.
Camilla Olsen, CMHC has published a variety of mental health workbooks, coloring books, and sketchbooks. Click here to explore the collection.