This is the first of many postings over the next weeks which will discuss general mental health issues and questions. I will start with one of the most common issues which bring clients into the therapeutic setting.......
Who hasn't experienced stress? Stress is a normal part of most peoples daily lives. From the demands of work to the doubts everyone has about their parenting skills. But what happens when stress turns into something more. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. Symptoms of anxiety include:
These symptoms cause the individual a level of impairment that hinders their ability to be effective in social, occupational and other functions of their lives. The good news is that there is effective treatment for anxiety which includes the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques combined with possible use of medication. Cognitive -Behavioral therapy helps clients with reframing their negative self-talk with empowering positive self-talk. Relaxation techniques are also effective in reducing fear and distracting. Spending time engaging in physical activities such as walking and biking, for example, help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Setting aside time for self-care is an essential part of maintaining balance. Listening to music, deep breathing and creative activities such as art work are all things to help keep anxiety at bay.