Your thoughts on an infinite loop.
Feeling ‘balled up’ and 'on edge’ constantly.
Enter the many flavors of everyday anxiety.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Three little letters (OCD) with a misunderstood reputation. We’re not talking about Pinterest-worthy closets or media’s representation through shows like Monk, Glee, and The Big Bang Theory. We’re talking about crawling thoughts that don’t seem to go away, no matter how much you try.
OCD often begins early in childhood, and can change overtime. Seeking reassurance that things are okay or that the ritual performed was done "correctly" is especially common.
Trichotillomania (Hair Pulling)
You may not even be aware of this habit, yet you've come to the realization (or, more likely, someone's pointed out) that you tend to pull your hair in times of stress, boredom, or in response to a variety of other emotions. Maybe a doctor has suggested you reach out to someone who can assist in providing you with behavioral techniques and Habit Reversal Training for trichotillomania. Regardless of how you've got here, you're looking to understand you 'pulling profile', including why this happens, and how to stop it.
Ever think that it shouldn't be this hard to fit in, or feel like you just belong? On most days you probably feel plastering a fake smile and keeping people an arm's length away will help you get by. What if there was another way?
Social Anxiety Disorder goes far beyond just ‘shyness’. Millions of individuals throughout the world suffer from this disabling disorder every day, in the form of either a specific social anxiety or a more generalized social anxiety. In the US, recent studies have demonstrated that social anxiety disorder is the third most common psychological disorder in the country, affecting about 15 million American adults.
It's like playing whack-a-mole. Futile. Never-ending. Exhausting. You tend to be a self-proclaimed worrier, and most of the time you can keep it under control. But sometimes the worry and anxiety gets the best of you.
Every vacation becomes wrought with anxiety (Will the plane land in time? What if it doesn’t? How will we get to our hotel? What if it rains? What if we don’t have a good time?), most everyday tasks are unimaginably energy consuming.
Performance & Work Anxiety
It can be musical performances, sporting events, work-related presentations, or even sexual performance. These anxieties are common to millions of Americans.
In fact, it is commonplace for athletes, musicians, actors, public speakers, and professionals (including managers) to experience these types of anxieties during multiple points in their career.
Getting a solid understanding and coping plan in place is key.
We're not talking about being worried about having a common cold. We're talking about having a headache and being convinced that it's the first sign of brain cancer. Or Lupus. Or Lou Gehrig's. What's worse is that you're often thinking the doctors overlooked something and that there is something that is definitely wrong.
You've got some false alarms going off in your mind, and you are likely misinterpreting the sensations in your body, which you are, in fact, experiencing.