Anxiety Counseling for Women
“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Stop letting anxiety control your life
While everyone gets nervous or anxious occasionally, for some of us anxiety really gets in the way. Anxiety can hurt our relationships, take a physical toll on our bodies, and interfere with our happiness and satisfaction. Anxiety often causes us to limit our lives by avoiding activities, people, or places that trigger anxious feelings. Anxiety wears us down, often causing us to feel discouraged and to believe that we are powerless to make changes. Anxiety therapy can change all of that.
Anxiety is different for women
33% of women develop an anxiety disorder in their lifetime, making women up to twice as likely as men to develop anxiety. In general, women are more sensitive to the stimuli that cause anxiety, and the anxiety response stays activated for a longer period of time for women when compared to men.
Societal norms and pressures that we face as women can also play a role. Women often feel pressure to be perfect, and we often hold ourselves to extremely high standards. We may feel as if it's our responsibility to make everyone happy. We can over-function, and some of us are not always good at asking for help. This responsibility and pressure for perfection can feel like a weight, increasing anxiety symptoms.
The onset of anxiety often occurs earlier in women than in men. By the time we reach adulthood, many women have been coping with chronic anxiety for so long that the anxiety is often accepted as a normal part of life. Mild anxiety or nervousness from time-to-time is normal; anxiety disorders are not.
Symptoms of anxiety in women can include:
If you're struggling with any of the symptoms below, anxiety therapy can help.
> Excessive worry that is difficult to control
> Persistent self-doubt
> Restlessness or feeling on edge
> Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
> Sleep disturbances
> Irritability, muscle tension, and restlessness
> Fear or avoidance of something that poses little or no threat
> Panic attacks or phobias
> Avoiding social situations for fear of being judged
> Digestive issues, such as frequent stomach aches or IBS
There is a way though the discomfort of anxiety. We understand what it's like to be a woman battling anxiety, and we have the knowledge and expertise to help you, as a woman, find lasting relief.