Counseling can provide the guidance and support that will help you through traumatic events and stressful periods in your life. Such periods can be brought on by stress and anxiety due to:
- Job changes
- Military deployment
Many of us might try to cope with our stresses by using unhealthy coping mechanisms such as alcohol or drugs, smoking, or by abusing eating habits (too much or too little). Instead of recognizing the stress or anxiety and learning ways to effectively adjust, these behaviors may make things worst, physically and mentally and can cause a cascade of additional issues by adding to your original "stressors."
There are several kinds of anxiety disorders, including:
- Panic Disorder
- Stress Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
These illnesses can cause one to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty that can last 6 months or longer. Ultimately, they tend to get worse without treatment. These anxieties are not like normal anxiety - caused by a single stressful event such as a bad interview, but like generalized anxiety disorder the stress levels eventually becomes excessive. An individual's worries about everyday problems such as health, finances, family, or work become exaggerated - even when there is little or nothing to trigger those concerns. Individuals suffering with Generalized Anxiety Disorder may have trouble falling or staying asleep, have difficulty concentrating, feel tense or irritable, and may have a variety of physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle aches, trembling, and more.