Anxiety & Specific Phobias
Stress is a fairly normal part of life for most people. What is abnormal, is anxiety or phobias which make daily living unmanageable. Here's a quick checklist to help determine if you need to see a counselor:
- Over the past 3 months, have you felt excessively worried more days than not?
- Has the worry you felt often seemed “irrational,” or out of proportion with the situation, but beyond your control to “reason away?”
- Have there been times you couldn’t identify what exactly was causing your anxiety?
- Have you had trouble falling or staying asleep?
- Have you had more difficulty concentrating on work or school than usual?
- When you’ve felt worried over the past three months, have you experienced tightness in your chest, shortness of breath, a pounding heart, or a feeling of choking?
- Have you found yourself avoiding situations that you think may cause more anxiety?
- Over the last year, has your use of drugs or alcohol negatively impacted your home or work life, yet persisted regardless?
- Have you been unusually irritable?
- Do you find it difficult to "shut off" or disengage from worry, (even at times when the worry seems initially warranted)?
If you answered "yes" to the majority of these questions, it might be time to schedule a visit with a licensed professional. There is hope for reducing your anxiety!