How do you know the difference between normal levels of anxiety and anxiety to seek therapy for?

Everyone worries and feels nervous. Anxiety is a normal part of life.  It’s an emotion that lets us know we are stressed, something is important to us as well as is a sign we want to protect ourselves. A little anxiety can even be motivating.

However, the distinction is if your anxiety unfortunately causes you unnecessary distress and suffering and is negatively impacting your work life, social life, or family life.

Girl with Anxiety

Facts about Anxiety:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment. The most common anxiety disorders, some you may have heard of, include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, PTSD, acute stress disorder and adjustment disorder.

Signs you might be struggling with anxiety:

  1. Do you have difficulty turning your thoughts off or have difficulty focusing?
  2. Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep?
  3. Do you feel uneasy, restless or have difficulty making decisions?
  4. Are you fearful about coming events or future uncertainties?
  5. Do you experience panic with breathing difficulty for a few minutes?
  6. Do you have persistent self-doubt, worry others won’t like you, or avoid social situations?
  7. Do you often feel agitated or irritable?
  8. Do you dwell on things that you know you “shouldn’t” but can’t help feeling anxious?
  9. Is your anxiety about a specific situation or thing?
  10. Are you judgmental of yourself or worry about making mistakes or falling short?

Man with Anxiety

How we can help:

Living with anxiety is extremely distressing and we understand when your worry flares up you want nothing more than to make it go away. No matter how long you have been experiencing symptoms, if your anxiety is interfering with your life, we can help. Our counseling approach is collaborative and we’ll work together to understand your specific concerns and aid in your development of specific skills and techniques for coping with anxiety. will support you in managing your anxiety and feel relief as well as improve your understanding of it because your worry is unique to you!

We will take the time to talk with you and help you with the following:

  • Gain insight and identify what triggers your anxiety and what perpetuates it
  • Learn coping skills, that work for you specifically, to manage your mood and reduce symptoms
  • Help you decrease your overwhelmed feelings
  • Allow you to understand how your thoughts contribute to your anxiety symptoms.
  • Help you proactively live in service of your goals even in the face of worry and uneasiness
  • Provide you with education the physical symptoms and what’s happening neurologically as well as in your nervous system (aka your fight or flight system)
  • Engage in assertiveness training and boundary setting as needed to support you in difficult conversations
  • Increase insight, self-esteem and self-trust
  • Utilizing your strengths to support your growth