Anxiety exists on a continuum. It ranges from normal and common nervous system reactions to stress – which can mean we need help re-prioritizing, learning to say nor or slowing down – to severe, where one can be incapacitated with negative impacts on work and social functioning. Therapy can be helpful regardless of the severity or the source.
Severe and prolonged anxiety response can be a result of trauma, or physiological issues. Its important to have a proper and thorough intake assessment to determine the course or therapy but anxiety is one of the most treatable conditions. Contrary to common misperception, people with anxiety are often very high functioning. They may be perfectionists with very high self standards. They may not feel good about asking for help.
A trauma informed, cognitive behavioural model that utilizes mindfulness and mind-body factors is what is most helpful to people, as seen in effective outcomes measured over time in this clinic. Consider working with a therapist who is familiar with creative, highly sensitive and high functioning teens and adults to create new pathways for coping with or reducing stress in your life.