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Is It Anxiety Or Am I Just Worried?

Anxiety can be a tricky thing to nail down. Some anxiety is healthy — good even! When you are in danger, or when you have a good reason to be concerned, that response is keeping you safe. But when things are calm, when you are in a secure location and there is no immediate danger, anxiety can be something harmful.

So how do you know when it's time to ask for help with your anxiety?

Here are a few easy tips to know when it's not just everyday worry and has turned into clinical anxiety:

  1. Physical Symptoms of Anxiety. Often those with excessive anxiety experience physical symptoms such as an upset stomach, excessive sweating, headache, rapid heartbeat, and trouble breathing. When everyday situations cause reactions like this, it is likely that your anxiety needs treatment.

  2. Cognitive Symptoms of Anxiety. If you're having trouble sleeping, finding it difficult to concentrate on normal tasks, or have difficulty remembering things because of your stress, to the point that you aren't able to function normally, it may be time to reach out.

  3. Panic Attacks. Often it is easy to mistake these for a heart attack since the symptoms are often similar: chest tightness, shortness of breath, shaking, sweating, etc. Frequent panic attacks may indicate you have a panic disorder.

If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms like these, it's time to reach out. It's always better to ask for help sooner rather than later. There's no need to struggle or carry these feelings alone when a counselor can help ease your mind.

Mindsight Behavioral Group has immediate openings for Counseling and Case Management. If you or someone you know needs help with their mental health concerns in Kentucky, we would love to help! Simply call our office at 606-401-2966 or Request An Appointment to get started.

Emily Hammons, marketing director and tea latte aficionado, loves words and writing. When she's not blogging, you can find her perfecting her island on Animal Crossing: New Horizons, or curled up with a mystery novel.

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