Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and usually subsides when the stress goes away. Life is full of stressful events, some are positive (e.g. getting married, having a child) and some are negative (e.g. difficult work situations, experiencing loss). Sometimes we don’t realize how stressed we are until we start experiencing anxiety. So anxiety can be a way for your body to alert you that something is wrong and needs attention.
Prolonged stress and/or multiple stressors can have a cumulative effect, causing anxiety levels to rise either gradually or suddenly. When your anxiety level reaches critical level, you could start experiencing panic attacks. These are terrible experiences that often send people to the emergency room with fears they are having a heart attack. Once you have experienced a panic attack, you may start avoiding places or activities in an attempt to avoid another panic attack.
Whether your anxiety has reached the level of panic attacks or not, if it is interfering with your life, it needs attention. You need to understand what is causing it and what you can do to manage it. Give me a call if you would like to make an appointment to talk about your anxiety and what you can do about it.