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Anxiety Therapy Grand Rapids, MI

In the modern world, we are all bombarded with information constantly.

The daily stresses and information overload can bring many of us to our breaking points, feeling overloaded with anxiety and worry. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that many people who visit me, Olja Haglund, for therapy in Grand Rapids, MI are dealing with anxiety and the negative effect it can have on daily life. On this page, I walk through some of the basic information about anxiety and how therapy can help, but if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a common experience that can actually be beneficial in certain situations. Feeling nervous before a presentation at work can help motivate people to spend more time getting ready. Worrying about the traffic and weather on your daily commute may help you to drive more safely. While anxiety can be beneficial to help us perform at our best or keep us safe, those who struggle with disordered anxiety will tell you that, instead of pushing them to succeed, anxiety holds them back from success, and instead of keeping them safe, their anxiety prevents them from enjoying their lives.

How Does Anxiety Impact Daily Life?

Everyone experiences anxiety differently, but you may be dealing with anxiety if you’re struggling with any of the following symptoms that are out of proportion with or unrelated to your situation:

  • Nervousness or feelings of danger
  • Restlessness or feeling edgy or on alert
  • Tension, worry or panic
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Changes in breathing (rapid or shallow breaths)
  • Sweating
  • Shivering or twitching
  • Racing thoughts
  • Suddenly feeling exhausted, weak, or lethargic
  • Changes in sleep patterns (unable to fall or stay asleep even when feeling exhausted)
  • Struggling to focus or remember details
  • Stomach upset
  • Compulsive or repetitive behaviors
  • Avoidance of potentially triggering situations
  • Panic attacks – which may involve shaking, sweating, shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, dizziness, and a number of other physical symptoms

If you want to determine whether or not your experiences indicate anxiety, take time to complete this simple questionnaire.

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Will Visiting a Therapist Help with Anxiety?

Many of my patients who deal with anxiety tell me they waited a really long before they reached out to me because they just didn’t know whether their experience really “counted” as anxiety. You don’t need to reach the point of panic attacks or severe anxiety that prevents you from living your daily life in order to benefit from therapy. 

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A 2004 study indicated that, in the short-term, therapy sessions improved common anxiety symptoms, and nine months after initial therapy treatment, clients reported further symptom reduction, indicating that benefits of therapy continue in the long term. Working with me for anxiety therapy in Grand Rapids, MI can help you:

  • Lead a more productive and satisfying daily life free from the unnecessary worry and stress of anxiety
  • Take back control of your life from feelings of anxiety or worry that make every day difficult
  • Learn healthy and effective coping skills and move away from potentially harmful coping mechanisms like substance use
  • Experience more joy and fulfillment in your daily life

Get Started with a Phone Consultation

If you’re interested in learning more, let’s get started with a 15-minute phone consultation today. You can use my contact form or call the office to set up this consultation. If you do not reach me via phone, please leave a voicemail, and I will be in touch within 24 hours. 

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