Anxiety can look like and feel like many different things. Kids, teens, and adults all experience anxiety. Some experience an excess of worry, while others feel paralyzed by fear. Many feel the symptoms of anxiety in a physical way: tightness in the chest, increased pulse rate, high blood pressure, stomach issues, and panic attacks. Some feel incredibly disconnected from their body and shut down. They feel nothing because feeling detached feels a lot safer than feeling absolutely everything.
Anxiety can stem from past trauma, persistent stress, injuries, or it could run in your family. When working with anxiety, we want to understand the person as a whole because learning your story impacts how we respond with therapy. If your anxiety started after having a traumatic birthing experience when you thought something might happen to you or your baby, then we’ll likely start there. We’ll reprocess the memory through EMDR. If your anxiety stems from a chronic state of stress due to the demands of work and family, then we might look at mindfulness strategies and self-care. And if you can’t remember the last time you didn’t feel anxious, we might look at neurofeedback, which can calm the electrical activity in the brain—calm the brain, calm yourself.