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Anxiety

About Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety and fear.  These feelings help alert us to danger and keep us safe.  Anything in its extreme form is ineffective.  When anxiety has become overwhelming and distressing and/or is negatively impacting your social, work or academic functioning, it’s beneficial to reach out for support. If you are having difficulty engaging with the world around you because of your fears, gaining ways to cope can relieve your distress.

 

Take inventory of your symptoms. If you are experiencing the following, then you may be experiencing elevated anxiety:

 

  • Excessive worrying 
  • Sleepless nights
  • Increased or decreased appetite 
  • Irritability 
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Feeling demotivated 
  • Discomfort in social situations 
  • Avoidance of people or experiences that trigger anxiety
  • Derealization – feeling the world around you is not real or you are having an out of body experience
  • Physiological reactivity (i.e. muscle tension, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, sweating, chest constriction, etc.)