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. We want to use an approach specific to the roots of your anxiety. If your anxiety started after having a traumatic experience, then we might 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.
When we think of anxiety, we often think of counseling, but more and more research is coming out about how gut health can actually be a source of anxiety. The microbiome in the gut have a direct impact on the brain, so if the gut is off, it’s easy for your mood to be off too. Maggie can help you identify if there could be a physiological reason for the symptoms you’re experiencing. Read more about nutrition services here.