If you have anxiety or struggle with anxious thoughts on a day-to-day basis, you might take medication or have other ways of coping. However, sometimes people resist the idea of getting adult counseling services when they have anxiety.
You might not like the idea of talking to a stranger. You might have anxiety about opening up to people, or you might have anxiety that stems from wanting to do well, and adding counseling might seem like adding another thing to your mental plate.
Whatever reason you have for not trying counseling, you might consider the benefits that could come. Here are some good reasons to give anxiety counseling a try.
1. Learn the tools for better anxiety management.
Your counselor will help you first by teaching you ways of changing your thoughts or dealing with your thoughts in a more productive manner. For example, if you get anxious when there is a lot on your plate at work, you might learn a technique to divide up the tasks into things you can and can't control. Once you've made the distinction, it's easier to form an action plan for the things you can control, instead of being paralyzed by anxious feelings.
2. Discover the source or root causes of anxious episodes.
Sometimes, anxiety is a general condition. Other times, it has a root source or cause. New mothers, for example, can experience anxiety as part of postpartum depression. Other people, especially people who have been through a traumatic event, have anxiety based off those bad experiences. Your counselor can help you process triggers and root causes of anxiety in a healthy way so that you can eventually experience a decline in anxious episodes caused by past events.
Anxiety is often a condition that shows itself when there could also be underlying mental health issues. For one person, anxiety may play into an eating disorder. For others, anxiety and depression come together. You might have post-traumatic stress disorder or another mental health problem that expresses in anxious feelings. Your counselor can help you confront these issues, which will, in turn, decrease your anxiety at the same time.
3. Learn support methods for family members and friends who want to help.
Family members and friends of people with anxiety may feel helpless when an anxiety attack comes. Your counselor can give them feedback and advice on how best to support someone with anxiety. You can also learn more about how your loved ones feel and respect their needs in the safe environment that counseling provides.