We all experience feelings of anxiety at times – before a date, during a big exam, or the first day on a job. Much of the time anxiety helps us rise to the occasion, like having “butterflies” before playing a great game. But sometimes we let worrying get the better of us and we lose out on what life has to offer. If worrying, anxious feelings, or “nerves” cause problems in your daily life, you may have an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental disorder, which means that most likely someone you know suffers from this type of problem. Common signs of anxiety disorder include feeling worried with no specific reason, experiencing anxiety or fear that is out of proportion to the situation, and increasingly avoiding situations where you feel anxious. The best way to determine if you might have an anxiety disorder is to ask yourself if the degree of the anxiety you experience interferes with your personal or professional life.
Some anxiety disorders center on specifics such as heights, storms, speaking to new people, public speaking, flying, or becoming contaminated by germs. Other types of anxiety disorders are more general and seem to affect all of one’s experiences. People suffering from this type of anxiety tend to worry excessively about everything. Anxiety disorders may also include panic attacks: short, intense periods of anxiety that seem to appear out of nowhere. View our Anxiety Checklist to read more about symptoms and anxiety counseling.
Do you have anxiety problems? Call Behavioral Sciences of Alabama at 256.883.3231 from Athens, Decatur, Guntersville, Madison, and Huntsville, AL and we’ll help you overcome them. For your convenience, you can also fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us.