Everyone experiences fear, worry, or nervousness at one time or another, especially when work, family, school or relationships are under stress or strain. For some people, however, these issues become a significant problem. It is never wrong to have feelings, but it it is important to recognize how they impact you and how you act on them.
When anxiety, fear, or worry become significantly time-consuming, cause a lot of distress, or interfere with your life in important ways, it's time to seek help. Utilize the services we offer to start treating your anxiety sooner rather than later.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety can take on many forms, but some of the most common include panic attacks and fears of the following:
- Public speaking
- Crowds or social situations
- Air travel
- Illness or germs
- Making mistakes
Rituals and compulsions associated with these fears and anxiety, such as re-checking to make sure something is complete or counting up to a certain number, are not unusual for people with anxiety. Anxiety symptoms can be both physical (e.g. racing heart, dizziness, muscle tension) and mental (e.g. racing thoughts and worries).
In children, you might also see signs of anxiety in the following ways:
- Body language
- Children might complain of physical aches and pains that cannot be medically explained, which often come about at certain times of the day.
- Usually taking the form of avoidance, the child might try to justify avoiding things that he or she does not like (e.g. going to school or even partaking in social events).
- Thoughts and Questions
- Kids are naturally inquisitive, but when the questions turn to troubling, “adult” issues that are greatly impacting the child’s mood, this can be a sign of anxiety.
Treatments for Anxiety
Anxiety disorders, though painful, can be treated very effectively. Many therapists use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), medication, or a combination of the two in treatment. With treatment, it is often possible to master fear and live free of excessive anxiety.
We offer services for treatment of anxiety in both the U-M Psychological Clinic as well as the University Center for the Child and the Family (UCCF). We encourage you to use these services so that you can start your way toward a happier life.
Unfortunately, anxiety sufferers usually resort to coping by avoiding situations that trigger their anxiety. For some, this may include avoiding social situations or leaving home. This kind of avoidance can interfere with important relationships, leisure activities, and job or school functioning. This behavior can also lead to depression and substance misuse. Therefore your best option is to get the help you need.
Let us help you conquer your anxiety. Contact us for consultation on our services and to schedule your appointment.
Read our article on a previous client who overcame her claustrophobia and fear of flying, and recently flew on a small seaplane in Alaska.
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