Get Counseling for Your Anxiety Disorder in Wayne, NE

Anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek counseling services. Approximately eighteen percent of adults in the last year experienced significant anxiety, and twenty-five percent of adolescents report experiencing significant anxiety in their lifetime.

Anxiety (sometimes defined as nervousness and an inability to relax) is actually a normal reaction to stress and fear. Yet excessive anxiety can interfere with sleep, eating habits, relationships, work, school, and even being able to leave your home.

Anxiety can take a number of different forms. Some people only experience anxiety when faced with a specific trigger (such as a phobia of spiders, enclosed spaces, etc.). Others experience anxiety more diffusely, such as a general fear of being around people or of being judged negatively in social situations. And sometimes anxiety seems to hit us "out of nowhere" and we feel stunned and overwhelmed.

Sometimes our anxieties lead us to do unhealthy things that actually worsen the problem. For example, some people develop obsessive-compulsive rituals in an effort to avoid the anxiety, some people avoid any situation that might trigger the anxiety, and other people seek out drugs or alcohol as ways to escape their anxiety.

Some signs of anxiety you may have that may indicate you should seek counseling services include:

  • excessive worry
  • cannot sleep or eat due to worry
  • frequent nightmares
  • reliving past trauma
  • anxiety attacks including dizziness, shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, chest pain, trembling or shaking, nausea, sweating, and feeling as though you are dying
  • difficulty leaving the home due to fear of having an anxiety attack
  • intense social anxiety when you go out in public
  • intrusive thoughts (i.e., upsetting thoughts that you try to block but can't keep out of your head)
  • difficulty stopping nonfunctional rituals
  • using alcohol to manage anxiety
  • intense fears about a specific object or situation (e.g., heights, needles, snakes)

Fortunately, there is a high success rate with treating anxiety through counseling services. For example, some counseling options for anxiety include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Relaxation Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Meditation
  • Coping Skills Development

Our counselors will meet with you to discuss the approach that would be most helpful in your case. Counseling services for anxiety are available at Associated Psychologists and Counselors in Norfolk, NE.