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.
8 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
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Muscle tension
While these are common symptoms of anxiety, it takes a professional to accurately make the diagnosis. The internet is a source of valuable information, but “Dr. Google” is not a reliable professional to consult for a diagnosis.
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.
Learn more about anxiety on my website.
Diane Spear, LCSW-R, owns a private practice in the Union Square/East Village area of Manhattan (New York City). She specializes in anxiety, depression, couples, and parenting treatment, and has been helping people find the joy in everyday life since 1995. She is accepting new patients. To learn more about Diane’s approach to treatment, click here.