Help for Anxiety in New York City
Anxiety is a small footprint on the mind. If untreated,
it becomes a rut that traps all other thoughts.
Living in New York City can be stressful or wonderful. And much of how you experience it depends on how you see the world and yourself—how you think about and deal with the people and situations in your life.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Anxiety can be a minor theme in the background of your life or it can be incapacitating, and everything in between.
These are just some of the symptoms of anxiety:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Panic attacks
- Inability to concentrate and/or make decisions
- Obsessive thoughts
How do you know if you need treatment for your anxiety? If it’s interfering with the quality of your life, why wouldn’t you?! If you’re having panic attacks, you should get treatment. If your anxiety is not as extreme, but you find yourself worrying about everything from the state of the world to whether the child you haven’t had yet will get into a top school, you can benefit from treatment. If your friend hasn’t called in a couple of days and you assume he or she no longer wants to be friends or that he or she must be ill, you can benefit from treatment. If your default position is to assume the worst, you’re not fully enjoying your life because you’re not using your mind properly. Your mind is a tool for your satisfaction, not for your displeasure. I’m not saying that working to improve the world, through donating time and money to causes that make things better, is a problem. I’m saying that worrying—instead of taking action in ways that can help—is a problem.
You may be the person who appears to worry all the time—the obvious worrier—or you may be the person who appears calm, but is worrying all the time on the inside. Whether your worrying is obvious or invisible, it keeps you from finding the joy in everyday life. How can you enjoy your vacation if you’re worried about the weather or whether the plane will crash? How can you enjoy all that New York City has to offer if you’re worried about a terrorist attack or getting mugged?
Good News: Anxiety is Treatable
Anxiety is absolutely treatable, whether it’s writer’s block or fear of flying. The important thing is to work with an experienced therapist to deal with what causes your anxiety and to think your way through it. I’ve helped lots of people with their anxiety, visible or invisible, from panic attacks to catastrophizing to little nagging worries. The idea of starting therapy may make you feel anxious, but I’ll help you feel comfortable, so we can work together to help you feel better and function better in your daily life.
Give me a call or send me an email, and we’ll get started. Help for anxiety is here!