You are not alone
You are absolutely not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, nearly one in five adults meet the criteria for an anxiety disorder.
Anxiety is natural, common, and treatable.
It’s important to remember anxiety is something we’ve inherited from our earliest ancestors. Back before humans were at the top of the food chain, anxiety was critical to our survival. In fact, we exist today because our ancestors were naturally nervous.
Anxiety is both beneficial and harmful.
Anxiety keeps us safe by reminding us to be aware of potential dangers. But it can also be harmful to us, in body and mind, particularly if we feel frightened or stressed even when we aren’t in danger.
The key is knowing when anxiety is an appropriate survival tool, and when it’s preventing us from being our best self.
Some common anxiety triggers
Beyond our biological predisposition for anxiety, there are lots of other things that we experience on a daily basis that may trigger our worry, stress, and anxiety. Some common anxiety triggers are:
- life changes and adjustments
- work-related stress
- perfectionism and self-judgment
- family-centered interpersonal conflict
- couple-centered interpersonal conflict
- frightening/traumatic life events
- physical illness or chronic pain
If you want to find out more about how Individual Therapy can help you understand your sources of anxiety and ways to address them; I invite you to connect with me to schedule a free 30-minute consultation. I can answer any questions you might have and see if we’re a good fit to help you find your better self.