Sometimes Alice felt like the universe at work was plowing her under. Everyone gets to roll with punches at some time but she wished she could come up for air, get a little time for herself so she could plan some sort of strategy to get to a better place. Then the bottom seemed to drop out from under her in the form of a serious family crisis. All of her self-control went out the window.
Alice was disappointed in herself for losing control of a situation that caused her such bitter anger. Enough was enough, she decided. She had to do something. She called Christina House to see if they could recommend someone who might help her. She immediately called that referral to begin to recover herself. She felt comfortable with the counselor.
She considered the symptoms of anxiety provided by the American Psychiatric Association:
1. Overwhelming panic and fear.
2. Uncontrollable obsessive thoughts.
3. Painful, intrusive memories.
4. Recurring nightmares.
5. Physical symptoms like "feeling sick at your stomach, 'butterflies' in your stomach, heart pounding, startling easily and muscle tension."
To recognize even one of those symptoms in herself was enough. She didn't think she had an anxiety disorder, but she recognized some problems she needed to take care of ASAP.
More than 25 million Americans are affected by an anxiety disorder. And let's define that word right now.
Disorder: to disturb the order of; to disturb the regular or normal functions of.
It isn't that someone with anxiety is "crazy." It's that something happened that, for whatever reason, was not completely processed in their mind and they need to work through it so they can move on with their life. Until one understands what the obstacle is they can't move forward.
A person with anxiety disorder may be depressed. Depression is feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Everyone gets the blues at some time or other, but when they last longer than a week or two it's time to talk to someone who can help you get your contented self back. Additionally, someone dealing with anxiety may turn to alcohol or other drugs to feel better. But substance addiction is another problem to deal with. It doesn't help. Personal relations are tried and possibly destroyed and your work performance or school work suffers. The best thing is to face the issues and resolve them. Help yourself to get to the place where you are happy, content and enjoy your life.
Maybe you think you might need some help. You aren't sure. You surely don't want to be a whiner or to waste time yours and/or the therapist's if you don't really have problems that are serious. There is an online screening tool provided by Mental Health America of Franklin County at www.mhafc.org/get-help/online-screenings/. The screening is anonymous. Choose an answer for each question being as honest as you can. At the end you will be advised whether or not you are suffering a general anxiety disorder. If you aren't, congratulations! If you are, help is available to help you find your way to the other side of it.
For more information on general anxiety disorders, contact Family Recovery Center, 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468; or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. FRC promotes the well being of individuals, families and communities with education, prevention and treatment programs for substance abuse and related mental health issues. FRC works together with other agencies like Mental Health America of Franklin County to provide resources you can use for your well being.