Dave Payne, LPCC, BC-TMH

Anxiety

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 Anxiety

Everyone worries from time to time.  If the worry isn't getting in the way of your life most of the time,  then it's probably not a problem for you.   However, if you find yourself worrying a lot of the time, it might be decreasing your enjoyment in life, as well as hindering productivity at work and your effectiveness as a parent and/or partner.  Two important factors here are how often you worry and what you worry about.  If you feel like you worry most of the time, and the worry is about a variety of things in life, it's possible you could have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.  

Well-meaning friends and family will often attempt to help by saying things like, "Don't worry, be happy."  This approach may work at times for people who don't have chronic anxiety.  However, if you have Generalized Anxiety Disorder, turning off the worry part of your brain has probably seemed to be pretty much impossible.  This is not your fault, and it's definitely not due to you simply "not trying hard enough."

Whether your anxiety has been a long-term part of your life or a shorter-term problem, counseling can help.  I can help you find better ways to react to those anxious thoughts that crowd your mind, and the feelings that accompany them.