Counseling for Anxiety

What Anxiety Looks like

I woke up with that foreboding feeling, something terrible was going to happen. What if i say or do something wrong, what if my anxiety flares up again, everyone’s going to look me. The last thing I wanted to do is be around people. I just know they are going to be judging me, and thinking I’m a freak. My heart is racing so fast, my palms so clammy and cold. I can’t do this, my throat feel like it’s closing up, I can hardly breathe, I can’t catch my breath!

What Anxiety Disorder Feels Like

Some anxiety is normal. Like that jittery feeling you feel before a test, or right before a speech. The feeling associated with anxiety is an internal alarm that alerts us to danger, it is our protective instinct. For instance, if a wild animal was chasing you, your fight, flight or freeze instinct would activate. You would most likely run or be eaten. However, anxiety disorder is when that same fight, flight or freeze mode appears even when there is no danger.


Each person experiences anxiety in their own unique way. However, there are specific symptoms that anxiety disorders have in common, that may manifest itself emotionally and or physiological.

Anxiety in its emotional state may include:

  • Foreboding thoughts, i.e. if I say the wrong thing something bad will happen
  • Consistently uneasy
  • Hypersensitive to little noises, i.e. a door closing, the phone ringing
  • Irritability
  • Racing thoughts
  • Excessive, constant, fear over little things

Anxiety in its physiological state may include:

  • Sweaty palms
  • Racing heart
  • Feeling like you can not breathe
  • Stomach issues
  • Loss of sleep

Types of Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by over worrying about little everyday things, and causes the person to feel anxious for a majority of their day. The generally has to have occurred for at least a period of 6 months or more.

Social Anxiety Disorder is more than shyness it includes an intense fear of being judged, criticised, or embarrassed. The person may not want to be around other and start to isolate themselves from any social interactions, in school you may see this as excessive absences or at work the person will not be assertive or try to make conversation.

Panic Disorder is a sudden feeling of intense fear, that creates extreme physical symptoms. For some it may feel like a heart attack or like you are about to die, they are scary. But they last a limited amount of time.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is usually brought on by a past traumatic event that occurred in the person’s life. It does not necessarily have to have been a dangerous event. Some symptoms may occur within a month of the trauma, while others appear years later.


Anxiety can be treated with psychotherapy and/or medications, depending on what kind of anxiety.

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy – is one of the proven therapies in treating all types of anxiety. It is a theory that looks at how our perceived thoughts affect our feelings and behaviors.
  • Mindfulness – involves bringing the mind to the present and relaxation techniques.
  • Medication – is used to help balance the brain chemical

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