Are you struggling with anxiety?
Anxiety is one of your natural responses to danger or stressful situations. It is like an alarm that goes off when you feel threatened, stressed out, or under pressure.
Anxiety is not always a bad thing, in moderation. In many cases it can be helpful. It can help trigger you into action, stay focused and alert, and stimulate you to solve your problems. However, when your anxiety starts interfering with your life and relationships and becomes constant and overwhelming, it is no longer normal or productive- it has become an anxiety disorder.
Do your symptoms indicate an anxiety disorder?
The following list of questions are based on common signs and symptoms of prevalent anxiety disorders. If you identify with any of these signs and symptoms, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder.
- Are you constantly feeling worried, tense, or on edge?
- Are you afflicted with fears that you know are irrational, but cannot stop them from occurring?
- Does your anxiety interfere with school, work, or family responsibilities?
- Do you avoid everyday situations or activities because they cause you anxiety?
- Do you feel a sense of impending misfortune and danger?
- Do you feel something bad will happen if things are not done a certain way?
- Do you experience overwhelming anxiety or panic attacks?
- Has your sleep been affected on a regular basis? (not sleeping enough/sleeping too much)
- Has your appetite been affected on a regular basis? (eating too much/not eating enough)
If you feel you are experiencing an anxiety disorder, then I want you to be realistic about the effect it has had on your life. How has it affected your relationships? Have you lost relationships or strained relationships with those you care about? Has the anxiety affected your marriage or the closeness between you and your significant other? Has the anxiety put a strain on your sex life or brought it to a complete halt?
How much money have you spent on trying to make your anxiety go away? How much money have you spent on visits to your doctor or on prescription medications? Maybe you have been spending money on self-help books or worse, maybe you have been spending money to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. Think about all the money you have spent trying to solve this problem.
How much time have you spent trying eradicate your anxiety? How much time have you spent missing out on the things you want to do because you felt inhibited by your anxiety. Has your anxiety caused you to avoid certain people or places for fear of what might happen? Think about how much of your valuable time your anxiety has cost you.
What would your life look like if your anxiety disappeared?
Imagine what your life would look like if you no longer had any anxiety holding you back. What would your life look like without anxiety? How would it change? Think about how your relationships would change for the better. You would feel more confident in your relationships. The relationships you share with those you really love would be emotionally closer because the anxiety would no longer get in the way. Maybe your sex-life would change. Anxiety is one of the biggest obstacles to a fulfilling sex-life.
Imagine how much money and time you would have available now that they would no longer be used for trying to solve your anxiety. What would you do with all of the money and time that is now available? You could do anything you want with it, the choice would be yours. Would you buy a new wardrobe? A new car? Would you take that much needed vacation? Where would you go? Getting rid of your anxiety would probably feel like a vacation in and of itself.
How important is it for you to reduce your anxiety?
Ask yourself, "How important is it for me to significantly reduce the anxiety I am experiencing in my life?" On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "not important at all" and 10 being "extremely important", what rating would you pick right now? If you picked any number above 3, then it is moderately to extremely important for you to significantly reduce the anxiety that you are experiencing.
If you are still reading this, then it must be important for you to find a way to overcome the anxiety you have been experiencing. What is your worst-case scenario if you decide not to seek help at this time? Your worst-case scenario means that your life will continue to stay the same as it is right now or continue to get worse. Most likely, your life will get worse because anxiety has a way of snowballing when it is left untreated. You will continue to feel nervous, worried, tense and on edge all the time. Your relationships will suffer because your anxiety will drive people further away as you continue to second guess their actions and feelings toward you.
Your sex-life will continue to erode and may even become non-existent due to your fear of what people will think of you if you let yourself become physically and emotionally vulnerable to them during a sexual experience. You will continue to spend time and money on doctor's appointments, prescription medication, self-help books or substances for self-medicating.
The good news is that your life does not have to turn out that way. By making the decision to seek help for your anxiety, you have a chance to bring your best-case scenario to life. What would your best case scenario look like? This means that you get a chance to live your life with significantly reduced anxiety. Your relationships or your marriage would start to feel happier and more satisfying. You would start looking forward to spending time with your loved ones rather than trying to avoid them. In return, they would look forward to spending more time with you because you are no longer controlled by your anxiety. Your sex life would become more satisfying and maybe even more frequent.
You would become more successful at work, which would in turn make you more money. Plus, you will have access to all that time a money that was previously being spent on trying to overcome your anxiety. You can now start feeling in control and living the life that you have been wanting to live.
Make the right decision.
The first step you need to take to start your road to recovery is to make a decision to seek help for your anxiety. The choice entails seeking professional help from someone who knows how to help you.
If you are interested in having your best case scenario come to life, then you have come to the right place. My name is Nathan Comerford and I specialize in helping people to overcome their anxiety. I have helped countless people heal from anxiety and take control of their lives.
My experience in helping people to overcome anxiety comes from working at psychiatric hospitals, private clinics and currently operating my own private practice. In short, I have had extensive experience working with people who experienced many different types of anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Phobias to name a few.
Anxiety is not something that will just go away on its own. All you have to do is make the decision to let me help you learn how to overcome your anxiety and start living a healthy and more fulfilling life. The first step is calling me to set up your first appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.
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