Anxiety is both an emotional and a physical state. Anxiety can be a very helpful emotion – it is the emotion that keeps us safe, it is the emotion that keeps us healthy, it is the emotion that keeps us clean and organized. Anxiety in the proper doses is very helpful and necessary; if we didn’t have anxiety about getting sick then we wouldn’t go to the doctor. If you didn’t have anxiety about taking care of your family’s physical needs then you wouldn’t have a job. We know we are experiencing anxiety because of the uncomfortable physical symptoms that accompany it: shortness of breath, unexplained aches and pains, migraines, stomach aches, TMJ, IBS, and the list goes on and on.

Most people who come to see me with anxiety issues are experiencing a higher level of anxiety than the helpful kind. They are experiencing anxiety which feels more like it is paralyzing and has uncomfortable symptoms attached.

Healthy anxiety vs. unhealthy anxiety

Healthy anxiety spurs you to action, unhealthy anxiety prevents you from action. Unhealthy anxiety makes your world narrower as you eliminate more and more from it. Unhealthy anxiety steals the joy from every event as you spend more time worrying about it then participating in it.

My goal with my clients is not to eliminate anxiety, since anxiety is a helpful and necessary emotion. My goal with my clients is that they feel that they are controlling their anxiety, their anxiety is not controlling them. That’s a hard concept to believe when you have experienced anxiety most of your life, it doesn’t feel like it is within your control, but it is.

Through a combination of identifying your symptoms, your thought patterns, and teaching appropriate thought replacement, relaxation and breathing exercises you will learn how to control your anxiety. We will examine your automatic, unhelpful internal dialogues and break those patterns. Awareness of these thought patterns is the first step to eliminating them.

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Anxiety Treatment in Bethesda

I’m so glad that you found my blog. My name is Jessica Kramer and I am a licensed professional counselor.  I provide anxiety therapy in Bethesda for individuals and couples.