"Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I'd like to see you in better living conditions." Hafez of Persia In any given year about 18% of us will have an anxiety disorder, and over our lives, about 29 % of us will have an anxiety disorder. Who has not experienced a persistent feeling of unease, of not having finished something, or a vague sense that something is about to go terribly wrong? At some time or another in our lives, we'll all experience anxiety. For example, a person may feel anxious giving a speech before a large audience. In this case, the anxiety can be beneficial, spurring the person to perform at his/her peak level. Anxiety can also take the shape of a persistent and excessive worry about an issue that the person finds difficult to control. Seeking professional help should be considered when anxiety:
- Becomes overwhelming and persistent - Occurs with no warning - Interferes with daily living - Lasts for six months or more - Causes changes in appetite or sleep - Is causing panic attacks
Most anxiety disorders are treatable. Unfortunately, many people with anxiety disorders don't seek treatment because they do not believe they have a legitimate illness, or they fear the reaction of family and friends. As a therapist helping anxious, successful adults through counseling/coaching in Park Ridge, I know how anxiety can interfere in several aspects of your life. In terms of your career it can cause problems related to focus, motivation, decision making and concentration.
"Everything that happens to us leaves some trace behind; everything contributes imperceptibly to make us what we are."