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Worry and anxiety symptoms are on a continuum.

Usually anxiety symptoms are short-lived and the mind and body quickly return to normal. On the other end of the spectrum, worry and anxiety can become a chronic pattern. Individuals with chronic worry may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive and unreasonable worry over events or activities, such as work, school or health
  • Excessive worry about their capacity and confidence to deal with situations
  • Inability to stop or control their worrying
  • Feelings of apprehension
  • Restlessness and muscle tension
  • Feeling keyed-up or on edge
  • Fatigue
  • Tension headaches
  • Problems with concentration
  • Irritability
  • Sleeping problems, such as insomnia.
  • Physical complaints such as backaches and stomachaches.
  • Racing thoughts or obsessive thoughts that are difficult to control.
  • "Fight or flight" response releasing adrenaline into the body.

Worry can become a life-impacting problem when the worry will not "switch off." Read about anxiety help to learn more about what you can do when you have worries.

Anxiety attack symptoms (also called panic attack symptoms) can feel even more incapacitating and out of control.

Anxiety can be the result of other emotions that have not been expressed.  Some people "stuff" unpleasant emotions such as anger, fear, guilt, resentment or grief. When we don't acknowledge these feelings, anxiety may be the signal that there is unfinished business to be addressed.  Anxiety can also be the result of trauma that is not processed.  Feelings associated with the trauma, whether recent or long ago in the past, get triggered, and anxiety rises up to let you know something needs attention.

If you live in the Metropolitan Detroit area and would like to explore solutions to anxiety and worry with a trained counselor, please contact Debbra Bronstad at (248) 929-5354 for a free 15 minute consultation.

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