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Therapists can help you recover from anxiety by creating a supportive environment in which you can work toward calming your symptoms and experience new ways to deal with stressful feelings.
Most people feel anxious at some point in their lives. It’s natural to feel nervous or shy in new situations, to feel tense around someone who is critical of you, to want to avoid danger, or to have occasional bouts with sleeplessness. Anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes withyour enjoyment of life and your connection to others, or when it prevents you frompursuing your desires. Worry, tension, avoidance of certain situations, embarrassment, shyness, difficulties with speech, thoughts that won’t go away, restlessness, poor sleep and nightmares … these can all be manifestations of anxiety. Anxiety can also wear down your nervous system, leading to fatigue and physical illness. Panic attacks are a form of pronounced anxiety.
We all handle anxiety differently. Some people isolate themselves because venturing out feels difficult. Others enlist friends and loved ones to protect them from the source of their anxiety, which can lead to difficulties in relationships. Still others turn to various addictions in an attempt to calm their symptoms. While these strategies may bring temporary relief, over time they tend to make matters worse.
You can recover from anxiety, whether it’s mild or debilitating. Therapy can help you acquire a new sense of calm and teach you the tools you need in order to better meet life’s challenges.