Anxiety wakes you up in the middle of the night. Procrastinating until the last minute keeps you from going to bed. You know you’re worrying too much because now it’s interfering with your work, your relationships, and your health.
Capable, organized, and focused, you get things done. You’ve accomplished just about everything you put your mind to, despite the many obstacles that have stood in your way.
Normally people count on you
Now, it seems like you’re always stressed out, and just trying to get a grasp on things. You find yourself avoiding places (and people) because you’re afraid of having a panic attack. Decisions? Impossible. If you get it wrong, you could look stupid, or worse, everyone will find out you’re a fraud. Sometimes you wonder ~ Why am I even doing this?
You’ve talked a bit to family, to your partner, or to your friends, but you don’t want to burden them. You’re ashamed to let them how much anxiety, and self doubt you’re really struggling with. You’re afraid to let them know how lonely and disconnected you really feel.
You’ve always been a “worrier.” A bit “sensitive.” So, now (even though you feel like you’re dying on the inside) you don’t want to make a bid deal about it. You don’t want people to think you’re just trying to get attention, or trying to be dramatic. You don’t want to cause anyone more stress.
Anxiety can look like perfectionism, like anger, like low self esteem… regardless of how it looks, it’s getting in the way of everything else.
Maybe you’ve been to a therapist in the past and it helped…but the memories, the stress, the “stuff” you thought you’d dealt with is coming up again. Now, it’s affecting your work, your relationships, and your health.