If you deal with anxiety or you worry a lot, or maybe you react instead of respond to things, or possibly feel fear, or maybe avoidance.
Some people feel anxiety in their body, like a racing heart or feeling hot.
Anxiety needs help if it interferes with life, school, work, or decision making
Do I have anxiety?
Do I need more help or support for anxiety?
How do I know if I just worry a lot?
The fundamental questions are if the worry or anxiety is bothering you, taking up a lot of space and time in your life, or if people are telling you they think you might need to talk to a therapist about anxiety.
Anxiety can show up as wanting or needing control. It can show up as avoiding things or people or bills. Anxiety can tell you that things are terrible when maybe they are only terrible for you. Do you worry about other people all the time? Does that bother people in your life? That can also be one of the ways anxiety is showing up in your life.
Anxiety likes to be in charge. I like to talk about and to what I call the Anxiety Creature, and see what it feels it needs; to give the Anxiety Creature a name; to remind clients that frequently anxiety is a response to real challenges or concerns that need to be addressed. The Anxiety Creature may be getting in our way or causing problems and we will discover together what is possible to do differently. Anxiety can be improved in various ways including movement, engagement with nature, meditation/mindfulness, medication, and planning, structure and routines.