What am I nervous about? Everything.
I overthink because I need to be prepared for the worst; I’m scared of what will happen if I’m not. Even if everything is going OK, I just keep waiting for something bad to happen. I know it’s not rational, but I can’t control the constant worry. I live in a heightened state of awareness and it’s exhausting.
If any of these thoughts are familiar, you’re not alone. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association (2019), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults.
I create a safe place to share without being judged, and one in which you can be understood and supported. During treatment you will be given tools that can help manage the symptoms of anxiety, with the option for hypnotherapy/guided meditation. Self-hypnosis techniques can also be taught, so you can utilize the relaxation method at home.
I'm not just sad or tired.
I want to stay in bed; it's exhausting having to act like I'm fine. I know I have a lot to be thankful for and other people have it worse. That's not enough to make me feel better. And I can't just 'think positive.' I'm not just sad, I'm drowning in heavy emotions.
In therapy you'll be given the time and space to discover any root causes of negative thought patterns. Each individual is unique, so we'll then work to find the best coping strategies for your treatment. Therapy that employs these cognitive behavioral techniques has been proven effective treatments to manage symptoms of depression (NAMI, 2017).
Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (2019). Facts and Statistics.
National Alliance of Mental Illness. (2017). Depression