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Living with ongoing anxiety that seems to impact every part of someone's life can make one feel helpless. Handling the pressures of work, life balance, having to speak publicly, or worrying about one's health, are all common reasons for anxiety.  Although anxiety is a common feeling, persistent symptoms of anxiety are not. Underlying issues may be the cause for ongoing anxiety. When anxiety begins to consume you, interferes with daily functioning and the ability to complete daily tasks, it may be time to consider seeing a mental health professional. You are not alone. CF Counseling & Consulting in Monroe, LA is here to help you manage and reduce your symptoms of anxiety so that you may begin living the quality of life you desire.

  

What Does Anxiety Look Like?

Anxiety is a persistent fear or a constant worrying about everyday things in life or about things that have not occurred and may never occur. Given anxiety is a common and normal response for all humans regarding certain instances, it is not when it begins to affect your daily functioning. Many people allow their anxiety to push them to complete tasks, fulfill goals, and/or overcome a fear. However, at some point, when you realize it is becoming overwhelming, it needs to be taken serious and addressed as soon as possible with a professional.  Seeking therapy or medical assistance may serve as your next and first step to taking back control of your life. 

The symptoms of anxiety that may require therapy and/or medication management are:

  • Constant Worrying — about day-to-day circumstances

  • Easily Irritable — when feeling extremely anxious or nervous

  • Ongoing Fatigue — for long periods of time after anxiety episodes have passed

  • Irrational Fear or Paranoia — over common, everyday instances, family, friends, pets, etc.

  • Inability to Focus or Concentrate ---  due to memory confusion

  • Muscle Tightness — during or after anxious moments have passed

  • Panic Attacks — involving racing thoughts, rapid heartbeats, shortness of breath, muscle tension, upset stomach, sweating, etc.

  • Problems with Sleeping — such as having trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep

  • Social Avoidance — isolating to avoid social events or being shy, timid in social settings involving new, unknown attendees

 

Anxiety Disorders Types

Sometimes individuals may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder whenever the symptoms they are experiencing begin to affect and/or impair their ability to do day-to-day tasks, as they would normally. Anxiety may be constant or it may be experienced spontaneously, making it quite difficult for one to be able to continue with normal, every day responsibilities and functioning. More often than not, this determines whether a person will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. 

The different types of anxiety disorders are:

  • Panic Disorder --- this is when a person experiences repetitive panic attacks, spontaneously. This can be emotionally crippling for a person because living with the constant worry of when the next panic attack is going to occur is daunting.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) --- this is when the onset of a person's anxiety comes after a traumatic experience.

  • Phobia: this is when a person has an excessive fear of a certain and specific things such as a place, thing or an activity.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) --- is when a person has repetitive irrational thoughts that lead one to do specific, repeated behaviors

  • Social Anxiety Disorder --- this is when a person has an excessive fear of being judged by others in social settings.

  • Illness Anxiety Disorder --- this is when a person has extreme fear about their health and often believe they have an ailment, illness or injury.

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder --- this is when a person fears being away from their home or their loved one.

 

Will I Ever Be Able to Manage My Anxiety?

Yes, anxiety disorders are treatable. At CF Counseling & Consulting, individual therapy is provided to effectively treat anxiety disorders with the integration of treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy within the therapeutic setting. 

 

Evidence-based practices and therapies for individuals are provided, which include:

 

CF Counseling & Consulting recognizes that choosing to attend therapy is not an easy decision and may cause anxiety. At CF Counseling & Consulting, I provide a safe, warm, and nonjudgmental environment for each individual to be able to work through the issues contributing to their anxiety.  I am here to help you learn how to do the work to begin living a better, quality of life. 

Are You Desiring a Therapist in Monroe, LA?

If you are an individual in Monroe, LA who is looking for a therapist to help you learn how to manage and reduce symptoms while establishing a better quality of life that aligns with your desires, please go to the Contact Me page of this site and enter your information. You may also give us a call at the number found on the Contact Me page.  I look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your healing journey.