Anxiety

Seattle Therapist for Depression

Anxiety is a normal part of human experience. When we become anxious, our bodies respond physically to enable us to fight, run or freeze in place, all responses that, in the right circumstances, are necessary to survival.

Anxiety can also be a sign that something in our life needs attention. It may be telling us that a relationship has significant problems that need fixing, or that job stress has become so frequent or intense that it's time to start looking for a new work situation. It can be a sign that we've been procrastinating on something that needs to get done, or that there are feelings we are avoiding.

Unfortunately, anxiety can show up in our lives in ways that are painful and problematic. It can include symptoms such as:

  • Excessive worry about things such as health, relationships and work
  • Feeling keyed up and unable to relax
  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Feelings of panic
  • Racing heart, trembling, shaking and sweating.
  • Fear of open spaces or leaving one's home (agoraphobia)
  • Fears of specific things or experiences, such as snakes or heights
  • Obsessive thoughts and repetitive behavior, as in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Overwhelming anxiety and self-consciousness in social situations, as in Social Phobia

Treatment for Anxiety

Therapy for anxiety problems usually involves a combination of learning relaxation and emotion management skills, insight and lifestyle changes. In some cases, resolving old issues can reduce or eliminate anxiety. Or you might need to examine and problem solve those life circumstances that are triggering or contributing to the anxiety. In all cases, it's important to learn good skills for coping with anxiety. As you practice your coping skills, the anxiety gradually decreases in frequency and intensity and will often alleviate all together.

Please contact me at 206-228-6829 or Sara@SaraHiatt.com with any questions or to schedule an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you. My therapy office is in North Seattle, conveniently located near I-5.

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