Lots of people experience anxiety at different times in their lives. There are many kinds of anxiety. “Normal” anxiety related to transitions in life: things like a new job, a new love interest or a new child coming into the world. This normal sense of “wow something new is happening” is completely natural; we all need to feel some form of emotions that tell us that life has brought us something new to experience. Anxiety in this form is just fine. We don’t even call it anxiety really, this is more like your nerves or butterflies in your belly.
Anxiety in a more clinical or concerning sense is when these feelings of worry or nervousness start to prevent us from acting the way we want to or stop us from doing the things we love. In our culture, because of the fast-paced world we live in (lots of technology, way too much to do, not enough support in our daily lives, worries about money, health, retirement etc.) all affect our overall look on the world. This can become overwhelming to many of us and is often at the root of worries that keep people awake at night concerned about their future.
Often the bigger issue with these worries (or anxieties) is that we don’t have a way to talk about them.
Many people keep them buried deep inside but then find alternative ways to ease their worries. Overindulgence in food or alcohol, spending too much, hiding in relationships that don’t really make them feel better, jumping from job-to-job, staying constantly busy, spending exorbitant time on the computer, watching TV or playing too many video games… are all signs that someone may have a deeper fear hidden inside that they need to uncover and address.
If issues like these are affecting your life, and again, it may be in the form of not sleeping well at night to an honest to goodness panic attack, there are ways to deal with it.
Sometimes anxiety has obvious causes; other times it can be a struggle to uncover the mix of feeling nervous one moment and relaxed the next.
I work with clients on understanding what is at the root of these issues and teach them to “unplug” from their fears. From there they can learn to contain these fears in a more realistic way so they can get back to a normal life.
Anxiety can cause a host of problems in other areas like attention and relationships with family members and co-workers. If treated, many other issues can disappear or become easier to manage. Neurofeedback therapy is one of the strongest techniques for dealing with anxiety. Talk therapy is also helpful but generally takes more time.
Can you imagine a life where you are in control of your fears? A life where you can get what you want from the world and know confidently how to behave in different settings to take care of yourself?
If you’re looking for this kind of relief, I can help. Please call me for a free consultation to find out the best course of treatment for you. You can reach me directly by calling my office at 310-314-6933 or sending me a private email at [email protected]