College Student Anxiety
Everything came to you easier before you came to college. From friends and grades to extracurricular activities, you were able to juggle it all. When things got hard, you’d put in some extra energy and push through. It gave you a sense of accomplishment. Working so hard was even fulfilling at times. But now that you’re on your own away from home, things aren’t as easy. When you finally take a moment to spend time with friends, you find yourself comparing and overanalyzing interactions. This makes social time feel more isolating than actually being alone.
But it wasn’t always like this. Since coming to college, you don’t feel like yourself. Your overthinking and self-doubt loom like a cloud over your mind. Is this anxiety? Or is this just growing up? You tell yourself “just relax, chill out.” But it’s not that easy. Your mind runs on autopilot and when you try to get ahead of your worries, you get more frustrated. This cycle is exhausting. If stress and worry are affecting you in ways you’ve never experienced before, there’s a chance you may be suffering from anxiety.
- Excessive worry and overthinking
- Physical symptoms such as stomach pains, shaking, sweating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Inability to say no
- Low self-esteem and confidence
- Trying to control things
- Trouble concentrating – you may wonder if you’ve gone all your life with undiagnosed ADHD
- All or nothing thinking and language like “always” or “never”
You know how sometimes you are completely overcome by fear or a sense of doom? Your heart starts beating really fast, maybe your limbs go numb, and you can’t catch your breath? That’s a panic attack. Many people who have anxiety experience panic attacks. They’re often unexpected and you may not know why one came on. Panic attacks are terrifying. If this sounds familiar, anxiety treatment can certainly help you.
What is Anxiety Treatment?
If you’ve been suffering from anxiety, there is hope. Anxiety treatment with a trained therapist is proven to help reduce anxiety symptoms and panic attacks. At our Tennessee counseling practice, we will focus first on identifying your goals for therapy. Then, we will get familiar with YOUR anxiety. Each individual experiences it differently, so it is essential that we understand your unique experience. Part of this may be connecting some of your current experiences to past circumstances. This can be really helpful in helping us understand how you have gotten to where you are today. In sessions, we will work on exercises to help you manage your anxiety and find calm.
Anxiety Treatment for Panic Attacks
Panic attacks are a common element of anxiety. And they are treatable. By working on coping strategies in sessions, you will be able to apply real-time exercises to come down from a panic attack. Additionally, by getting to the root of your anxiety during sessions, you will have a deeper understanding of yourself and your triggers. Knowing these things about yourself can help decrease the frequency of panic attacks.
Outcomes of Anxiety Treatment
When you work with a therapist, you will be met without judgment or expectations. It’s likely that you haven’t told your loved ones about how you’re really doing. You’re the overachiever. The one who can handle it all. Maybe asking for help hasn’t seemed like an option until now. The negative self-talk and black-and-white thinking tell you that you’re a failure for not keeping it all together on your own.
Well, when you start anxiety treatment, you can relinquish all of those expectations. With the help of an anxiety therapist, you can regain your confidence and figure out how to live in the gray of life. We’ll talk about slowing down and being mindful. My hope for you is that our work together can help you live in the present and feel fulfilled again. Your brain will let you stop catastrophizing. And your relationships with yourself and others will become healthier altogether.
Begin Anxiety Treatment in Nashville, TN
Thinking about getting started? If you have questions or concerns about anxiety treatment, please contact me. We can talk through any of your worries and get you started on your journey toward feeling better. My Murfreesboro, TN-located counseling practice uses online therapy to provide services to college students in the Nashville area as well as Tennessee as a whole.