Fear and Anxiety Part 1

There is a lot of talk about anxiety these days, but what exactly is it?  Usually, with fear, we are able to name what we are fearful of.  The feeling of anxiety is closely related to a mild feeling of fear, however, with anxiety, it is often more difficult to know exactly what is making us feel anxious or uneasy.  Anxiety is often provoked by stress, and impacts how we feel, how we think, and how we behave.  It can be extremely debilitating, though it is also treatable! 

Along with general feelings of being worried, nervous and apprehensive on a consistent basis, anxiety can also present in physical forms such as:  body tension, headaches, stomach aches, nausea, trembling/shaking, shortness of breath (with no underlying medical problems), sweating, flushing, heart palpitations and racing heartbeat (also with no underlying medical problems as the origin), numbness/tingling in the hands or feet.  Anxiety can feel very overwhelming, and identifying the source of anxiety can be confusing without professional help.  Stay tuned this week, where we will talk about how anxiety can impact relationships, as well as different tips on how to treat anxiety.

Written by: Joleen Watson, MS, NCC

Joleen Watson, MS, NCC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling.  Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.