Anxiety Counseling in Illinois
Where does anxiety come from?
First off, you are not alone. Nearly 40 million adults in the United States suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. Researchers have recently come to believe that anxiety stems from a blend of genetics, environmental surroundings, and changes in the neural activity of our brains. The brain cells located in the hippocampus, the part of our brain that is associated with memory, emotion, and motivation, are more active during times of extreme stress. Over time and with increased exposure to stressors, these neurons are thought to change and cultivate what we know as anxiety.
What does anxiety look like?
The effects of anxiety on your day-to-day life show in a number of ways. You might:
- Begin to isolate yourself from uncomfortable situations
- Experience physical symptoms of nausea, light-headedness, difficulty breathing, or sweating
- Experience emotional symptoms of feeling disconnected from the world, tension, excessive fear, worry, or irritability
- Exhibits excessive or compulsive behaviors such as constant hand washing, leg twitching, skin and nail picking, or panic attacks
Does this mean we are stuck with anxiety? Clinical research and modern therapy say no. There are a number of effective tools and counseling options to provide relief to those suffering from anxiety, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, stress management, and mindfulness techniques.
We can help.
Discover your calm with our help. Here at Great Lakes Psychology Group is a team of professional counselors who specialize in anxiety and anxiety-related disorders such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). We are dedicated to helping you find relief and take back control.
If you or a loved one suffers from anxiety, schedule an appointment with one of our specialists today.