Anxiety/Stress

Losing your mind?

You wake up in the morning, and the first thing you feel is dread.

You don’t want to go to work, and as you drag yourself out of bed to get ready for the day, your mind is spinning, wondering how the other shoe is going to drop today. You’re sure it’s inevitable, that something will go wrong.

Will your boss yell at you about the stack of papers growing ever larger on your desk? Will you get the disapproving looks from your coworkers that reflect what you are positive they think of you: that you’re incompetent, lazy, or even stupid?

Exhausted by the physical symptoms?

As you pull into your parking space at the office, your stomach ties into knots, your chest tightens, and your heartbeat races.

You feel the sweat starting to drip down your back, and the thoughts come faster, ever more intense, with potential catastrophe after potential catastrophe playing out in your mind, torturing you into a state of almost total paralysis, making you feel completely helpless.

You. Are. Not. Crazy.

Our bodies are hardwired to respond quickly to unfamiliar and potentially threatening situations. Our stress response system goes into action for a variety of reasons, whether as a result of a large traumatic event or even lots of little events that happen over time. This survival response can be very helpful in small doses, especially when we are in a circumstance where we have to make quick decisions to protect ourselves and others.

Anxiety can take a lot of different forms. Here are some common signs of anxiety:

  1. Tightness in the chest
  2. Constant worrying
  3. Rapid heartbeat
  4. Difficulty breathing
  5. Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  6. Feeling restless or lethargic
  7. Frequent headaches or stomach pain
  8. Feelings of pain or dread
  9. Perfectionism – a constant sense of not being good enough

We can help.

When treating anxiety, we look for ways to make this internal system work more effectively.

Our therapy focuses on increasing your awareness of these physical and emotional signals, developing tools to relax the body and mind, and resolving the situations which may still be causing your anxiety.

We will work with you to create resilience and challenge those negative thoughts and expectations, and to make the changes needed for you to move from surviving to thriving.

Call us today (470) 736-9595.

Therapists specializing in anxiety and stress management:

Julie Coker, MS, EdS, LPC

Nyambura Kihato, M.Ed, MA, LPC, CCTP

Kate Knott, MS, APC, NCC

Madison Longchamp, MS, APC

Jennifer Hama, MS, LPC, CPCS

Tanya Thomas, APC

Jessica Buchholz, PsyD

Maggie Bonnet, PhD, RN

 

 

 

 

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