What to Do When Your Anxiety Becomes Debilitating

You wake in the morning and enjoy those few moments of calm before your anxiety begins to kick in. All too soon, you’re left feeling inexplicably apprehensive, at best, and paralyzed by impending doom, at worst. In either case, anxiety has hijacked your day before you even get out of bed.

At Flux Psychology, Dr. Andrea Liner has a deep understanding of the many mental health issues that can overshadow your life — from depression to generalized anxiety. Thankfully, we have the expertise to effectively free you from the prisons that disorders like anxiety can create, allowing you to regain control over your life and happiness.

Here’s a look at when you should seek our help for anxiety.

Understanding anxiety and fear

Everyone experiences worry and fear from time to time, often for very good reasons — you may be anxious about a new job or you’re worried about a family member’s health. But experiencing ongoing problems with anxiety, for no discernible reason, is something altogether different and falls under generalized anxiety.

To better understand how anxiety can take over your physical and mental health, let’s take a look at what happens to your body when you experience fear. 

Humans are equipped with a flight-or-fight response, which is designed to protect them in times of trouble. For example, if danger is approaching, your body responds by activating your adrenal glands, which release adrenaline and noradrenaline. 

These hormones lead to:

Going a step further, your body reduces the blood flow to the surface of your body and redirects it to your muscles, brain, legs, and arms to prepare you better for a fight-or-flight response.

Once the danger clears, it may take up to an hour before these hormones clear your system, and your body’s functions regulate themselves again.

With a generalized anxiety disorder, however, your body tends to live in this fight-or-flight zone, which can take its toll on your mental and physical health.

When your anxiety is problematic

Now that we better understand what happens to you when you respond to stress, let’s take a look at the signs that your anxiety has taken over your physical and mental health.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America defines anxiety as “persistent and excessive worry” that lasts for six months or more with three (or more) of the following symptoms:

If you meet these criteria, it’s clear that your anxiety has control over your life, and you should seek our help.

Treating anxiety

When Dr. Liner sits down with you, she reviews your symptoms and the ways that anxiety has influenced your life. Once she has a better idea of the degree of your anxiety, she designs a treatment program that will help you regain control over your thoughts and actions through psychotherapy.

With psychotherapy, Dr. Liner helps you identify your negative thoughts and fears so that you can greet them with more clarity and perspective. She also supplies you with coping techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, that go a long way toward gaining control over your stress.

The bottom line is that you shouldn’t suffer from anxiety alone, and we’re here to help. Simply contact our office in Denver, Colorado, to get on the road to healthier living. Call us or click the “request appointment” button to get started online.

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