What Is Anxiety?

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety in their lives. Usually symptoms of anxiety are manageable, but for some people, symptoms of anxiety can be so consuming and intense that they begin to negatively impair daily functioning. Common symptoms of anxiety include physical symptoms such as abdominal discomfort, elevated heartrate, pressure or tension in the chest or shoulders and shallow or rapid breathing. Additional symptoms include racing thoughts, panic attacks, constant worry, inability to relax, isolating behavior and self-harm. Individuals may have all or some of these symptoms. Living with these distressing symptoms can be exhausting. Thankfully, you do not have to resign yourself to a future of anxiety. We have trained and competent counselors who know how to help.

A Quick Anxiety Assessment

A few questions to consider when thinking about starting treatment:
• Over the past 2 weeks have you been bothered by not being able to stop or control worrying?
• Have you been having trouble relaxing?
• Have you been restless or having difficulty sitting still?
• Have you become more irritable or easily annoyed lately?
• Have your feelings negatively impaired your functioning at work, home or in social settings?
If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then it might be time to speak with a counselor. As debilitating as anxiety can be, there is a high rate of success when it comes to treating it. Commitment to individual counseling is an excellent first step to take back your life. An experienced and caring counselor will use evidence-based practices to help you make cognitive and behavioral changes that lead to freedom from moderate or severe anxiety.

Take Charge of Your Anxiety

You can decide today to ask for help in navigating the path back to emotional health when you call our office and set up your first appointment. At Northshore Family Counseling, we have counselors who have morning, afternoon, and evening appointments available and take all major insurance plans. We also offer a sliding scale fee for those who have Medicaid or are without insurance plans.
We understand how difficult it can be to wait several weeks or months before being seen by a counselor. We do our best to schedule your first appointment within a week or two from when you call our office at 985-661-0560 or fill out our appointment request form.