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Everyone of us at some point in our lives experiences anxiety, but sometimes these feelings can be so severe they get in the way of living your best life. If you’re noticing you can relate to some of the symptoms below, it’s best to seek help from a licensed professional.

Common symptoms of anxiety include:

* Excessive worry about everyday things

*Inability to control worries

*Racing thoughts



*Sleep disturbances

*Muscle tension

*Rapid breathing

*Increased heart rate


When Is It Time to Seek Help?

When these symptoms get in the way of work, relationships with others, or your family, your anxiety has become severe. Avoiding social interaction, an inability to drive, avoiding going to work, and staying inside all of the time are examples of when symptoms are starting to go too far. It’s during these times when people find that talking to a licensed counselor may be needed.

Therapy can be one step to help someone struggling with anxiety. Here’s what it will look like:

  • During the first initial appointment, a therapist meets with you and gathers information about what you would like to improve, as well as reviewing the support system around you. 
  • With the help of the therapist, you create a plan with specific steps to guide you toward living a better life. Developing a plan for your life with a therapist will likely involve one of the most effective therapeutic treatments for anxiety called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT involves replacing negative and irrational thoughts with a healthy and adaptive thought process, ending the anxiety cycle.

Experiencing anxiety can be a scary time in a person’s life, but it doesn’t have to be that way forever.  At Move Forward Counseling, we work with our clients to teach positive coping mechanisms that will help them to live happy, fulfilling lives. You can be ok. You can feel like yourself again.