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Have you ever stayed awake at night, unable to fall asleep because you couldn't seem to shut your mind off? Do you feel overwhelmed with worry to the point that it is difficult to focus at work or in you relationships. Do you struggle with feeling confident, wondering why some guys seem to have it all together while you struggle through the day?
Maybe you've had physical symptoms like difficulty breathing, chest pains, or excessive sweating. Maybe you drink to help you regain a sense of calm, but it's not working is it? You know something is off. You at your breaking point, but you don't know what to do.
Anxiety is something that affects many.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) stated that 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from anxiety. This is about 18% of all people over the age of 18 in this country. Yet, only a little more than 1/3 of them ever seek treatment. This is startling information because anxiety is usually very easily treated.
While you may not meet the diagnostic criteria for a full blown anxiety disorder, you may be suffering from symptoms which are interfering with your job, your relationship, and your happiness. You are not alone. And, there is an answer. By understanding how anxiety works in your brain, you can begin the road to healing today.
Anxiety counseling can help you.
Think of anxiety as a fish bowl full of water. In the water are many pieces of multi-colored confetti swirling around chaotically. That is what anxiety feels like. You spot a blue piece (maybe blue represents your job) for a moment but then it is lost in the colorful tornado. You then try to focus on a red piece (your family) but get distracted by a yellow piece (your finances), and the cycle continues. Each color gets but a moment of attention but soon you are lost in the chaos again. This is anxiety. However, anxiety treatment can help you. A professional counselor can teach you skills to help you reach into the fishbowl and pull out all of the pieces of one color and show you how to organize them in order to give relief from the chaos and complexity.
At Mind Works Counseling Services, our counselors are skilled at treating anxiety as it is one of the more common forms of mental distress. With the use of approaches like solution-focused, we can instruct you how to remain present and develop concrete action plans for when anxiety hits. Other approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be useful in helping you discover the core beliefs which may be fueling the anxiety fire within you.
Regardless of the approach, we will work with you and discover which approach is best suited for helping you regain control of your thoughts, emotions, and life.
What can Mind Works Counseling Services offer you?
At Mind Works Counseling services, we understand that anxiety looks different in men than in women. Men are more likely to experience somatic symptoms of anxiety. This means instead of feeling nervous or worried, men are more likely to experience difficulty breathing or chest pains. Being able to identify and explain anxiety in men is one of the many ways that our counselors stand out in this field.
We are committed to working with you to help you understand and cope with your symptoms of anxiety and we do this in a way so that you don't feel judged or threatened in any way.
At Mind Works Counseling Services, we understand that you, even taking the time to read this page, takes courage and we applaud you for it. We also understand that by implementing some simple awareness techniques, you could be on your way to an anxiety-reduced existence. Also, we know that sometimes the anxiety you experience may be caused by some poor thinking patterns and we are also trained to help you identify and change those destructive habits.
For men, life occurs mainly in our heads rather than in our emotions. This can make things worse as each though only pushes us further into the darkness of worry, self-criticism, and feelings of inadequacy. By learning to focus on what you feel you can begin to identify what is pushing you to work harder and do more while leaving you feeling like a failure or just not good enough.
What is holding you back?
"Won't people think I am weak for needing anxiety therapy?"
There will always be naysayers in the world. My advice is to talk to the people who mean something to you, the people who want the best for you and want to see you succeed. What do they say? My guess is that they will be supportive of you having the courage to invest in your own wellness. If it is your masculinity that you are worried about, don't. Men experience anxiety nearly as often as women. Anxiety has no gender.
"Counseling is expensive. I am not sure I can afford anxiety therapy."
Believe me. I understand. At Mind Works Counseling Services we are always aware of the time, money, and energy that you invest and we are honored that you would trust us with so much. Still, there is a cost. However, what is it worth to you to be able to go through life possessing the skills to fight back against anxiety. This is what one of our clients had to say:
"[Mind Works] helped me change my life for the better, giving me useful tips and feedback I will carry for the rest of my life. This experience made me realize everyone should have access to a therapist - and that talking to a licensed professional is well worth every dollar."
"I don't want to have to take medication."
While we do not have a medical doctor on staff at Mind Works Counseling Services, and would always instruct you to consult your physician regarding any medication, I can say that anti-anxiety medication can change your brain chemistry, but it will not change how you think. Talking to a professional counselor can help, but so can medication. There is no shame in trying both. As long as you are seeking help through the proper channels, that is what is most important.
Give yourself the chance to heal.
Again, our counselors have been educated and trained to help you with your anxiety. We know that making that first phone call can be difficult. Reach out to us and let us help you fight back against your anxiety and begin the journey to regaining control of your life.
If you have more questions, please call us at (806) 553-6068 or click here to send us an email. If you'd like to know more about setting up an appointment, click here.
Mind Works Counseling Services is a Lubbock, TX based Counseling Practice.