Do you have overwhelming surges of anxiety that terrify you and that you’ve come to dread?
Is your anxiety so bad that you’ve developed rituals to try and manage it, but they hold you hostage from fully living?
Physical symptoms of more general anxiety include:
- muscle tension
- shortness of breath
- racing heart rate
- concentration problems
We can all relate to these feelings, sometimes anxiety can even be helpful in pursuing our goals and alerting us to the inevitable dangers of human living. But there are times when anxiety becomes so severe it can be debilitating including panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Am I experiencing panic attacks?
A panic attack is a sudden surge of overwhelming anxiety and fear. Your heart pounds and you can’t breathe. You may even feel like you’re dying or going crazy. Left untreated, panic attacks can lead to panic disorder and other problems. They may even cause you to withdraw from normal activities. But panic attacks can be cured and the sooner you seek help, the better. With treatment, you can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of panic and regain control of your life.
What is obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD)?
OCD is a condition where we feel the need to repeatedly check things, perform certain routines, or have certain thoughts. Common activities include hand washing, counting of things, and checking to see if a door is locked. Some may have difficulty throwing things out. These activities occur to such a degree that our daily lives are negatively affected. Often they take up more than an hour a day. Most adults realize that the behaviors do not make sense. The condition is associated with tics, anxiety disorders, and an increased risk of suicide
Severe anxiety is painful and scary and you don’t have to feel alone in it.
At Charleston Counseling Center our team of licensed therapists can evaluate your situation and help you on the road to recovery. We accept many forms of insurance and have evening and weekend appointments for your convenience. Get started today, there is hope to find solutions for your anxiety. Contact us to make an appointment.