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Anxiety Star Point Counseling Center Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl

Anxiety can be defined as the response of an individual to a threat, real or imagined. It is a process, to some extent, that is present in all living things. Anxiety isn’t always bad, it can assist us to cope with tense situations, and can motivate us to work harder or stay focused when working towards a goal. However, chronic anxiety that is excessive, irrational and debilitating can interfere with our overall quality of life. Chronic anxiety is fueled by the fear of what might be. When anxiety interferes with our ability to function in daily life, work, school, and in our relationships, it becomes chronic. While some amount of anxiety is part of being alive, if worries and fears are preventing you from living your life, it would be helpful to seek out a mental health professional that specializes in anxiety disorders.

Even though each individual suffering from chronic anxiety may have unique symptoms, there is a common thought process involved: irrational fear and dread. Some other common anxiety symptoms are listed below.

  1. Feelings of panic, fear, and nervousness

  2. Uncontrollable, obsessive thinking

  3. Repeated thoughts or “flashbacks” of traumatic events

  4. Irrational ritualistic behaviors

  5. Excessive sweating or numbness in the hands or feet

  6. Shortness of breath, hyperventilation

  7. Chest pain or Heart Palpitations

  8. An inability to be still and calm

  9. Dry mouth, Nausea, Dizziness

  10. Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge

  11. Being easily fatigued

  12. Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank

  13. Being irritable

  14. Having muscle tension

  15. Difficulty controlling feelings of worry

  16. Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep

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