Anxiety can take a toll on your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health. Under stressful times, it is a natural reaction for your body to experience anxiety. However, sometimes anxiety can grow into a beast, uncontrollable and affecting every area of your life.
The good news is that you can conquer this beast and take your life back with the help of Christian counseling for anxiety in Rowlett and through the faith and strength of Jesus Christ.
Am I Suffering from Anxiety?
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), over 40 million American adults suffer from anxiety each year. Out of that number, only around 37% seek treatment. This could be because people believe they only have a mild case of anxiety or can handle it independently. We often do not realize that anxiety builds and grows slowly under the radar until we experience physical symptoms.
The following is a list of common anxiety symptoms:
- Feelings of dread, worry, fear, and panic
- Constant concern over things
- Sleep disturbances
- Rapid heart rate and breathing (may hyperventilate)
- Tingling or numbness in extremities
- Chest pain or tightness
- Unable to concentrate or focus
- Trembling or shaking
- Stomach pain or gastrointestinal distress
- Headaches or migraines
Anxiety symptoms can be mild to severe and vary depending on your anxiety disorder type. There are several types of anxiety disorders, but you can also experience anxiety as a symptom of other mental health disorders.
Is There More Than One Type of Anxiety Disorder?
Only a professional mental health care specialist or physician can diagnose anxiety disorders after a thorough exam to rule out other physical ailments. The following is a list of the most common anxiety disorders we see regularly at Rowlett Christian Counseling:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – Almost seven million Americans suffer from GAD, yet only 43% are willing to receive treatment. The symptoms that accompany GAD are chronic and interfere with your daily activities. Symptoms include fatigue, lightheadedness, rapid heart rate, sweating, sleep disturbances, and a lack of concentration.
- Social Anxiety Disorder – Sadly, as many as 36% of people with Social Anxiety Disorder will suffer for ten or more years before seeking treatment. The disorder affects 6.8% of the US population. The condition causes an irrational fear of social situations, excessive sweating, physical ailments such as digestive issues and headaches, and worry about embarrassing oneself or offending others.
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – There are several different types of OCD: counting and organization, sanitizing and the fear of contamination, hoarding, checking things multiple times, and intrusive thoughts. Some of these types can coexist, making OCD more complex. OCD affects more than two million adults in the US.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – PTSD is not just prevalent with the military during wartime. Civilians also develop the disorder from a traumatic event or abuse. Women are more likely to develop PTSD than men, although both sexes have exhibited symptoms of the condition when rape is the traumatic event (65% of men and 45.9% of women).
- Panic Disorder – Panic and panic attacks create physical symptoms that can be scary as they can mimic a heart attack. Rapid heart rate, tingling and numbness in the extremities, chest pain and tightness, shallow and fast breathing, dizziness, and shakiness are symptoms of panic disorder. Six million adults in the US have panic disorder.
Anxiety can coexist with other mental health disorders like:
- Eating disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Adult ADHD)
- Chronic pain and fibromyalgia
- Substance abuse and chemical dependence
- Sleep disorders
- Situations like divorce, loss, and stress
Once your anxiety has been diagnosed, you might feel overwhelmed by the label. But you are not identified by your anxiety! Anxiety is only a symptom of something underlying your symptoms. There are ways that we can get to the bottom of your anxiety and help you learn new methods to overcome anxiety and lessen its impact on your body and mind.
What Does Anxiety Treatment Look Like?
You can expect personalized attention with one of the licensed counselors at Rowlett Christian Counseling in a confidential and safe environment. Since no two clients’ experiences are alike, we tailor your treatment options to your situation.
Depending on your anxiety symptoms, your counselor may choose one of the following methods:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – CBT is a highly effective treatment for anxiety and other mental health conditions. This therapy hands over the reins of control to the client as they actively work with the counselor to analyze and identify negative thoughts and emotions. Once these thoughts have been identified, the client learns how to reframe them to produce a different feeling and positive behavior.
- Exposure Therapy – Exposure therapy is proven to work with clients who suffer from phobias and some types of OCD. The client is exposed to a trigger in a safe and controlled environment with a trusted counselor to eventually become desensitized to the stimulus.
- Interpersonal Therapy – Interpersonal therapy is often used in conjunction with anxiety and depression and focuses on relationships and other interpersonal issues to get to the root of the condition. This therapy can take 12 or more weekly sessions, depending on the severity of the disorder.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) – Originally, DBT was used to treat personality disorders, but in recent years, researchers have found it effective in treating anxiety and mood disorders. DBT focuses on mindfulness and allowing the client to feel the unwanted emotions while learning to control their reaction to the feeling.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – This therapy uses rapid eye movement to attach a new meaning to past traumatic events. This healing of the mind is comparable to the recovery the physical body receives with treatment.
- Group Therapy – Group therapy provides clients with support and encouragement in a confidential environment mediated by a licensed counselor. We offer groups for both anxiety and depression, among other conditions. You can feel free to share your advice to others suffering from anxiety on how they too can overcome certain aspects of the condition.
Contact one of the counselors specializing in anxiety at Rowlett Christian Counseling today if you have any questions about the treatment options listed or think you might be ready to take the first step.
What Do I Gain with Christian Counseling for Anxiety?
You can give God your anxiety in exchange for peace: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) Christian counseling for anxiety combines the methodology behind the science of psychology with the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ.
When we can turn our worries, fears, anxiety, and hurts to Christ and learn to manage negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, we are ready to break free from the beast of anxiety. Anxiety does not rule you, even if it feels like it does right now. There is hope. Our counselors have worked with thousands of people suffering from anxiety. Even if you have tried counseling in the past, give us a call.
At Rowlett Christian Counseling, we offer one-on-one and group sessions as well as online appointments. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
What You Can Do to Get Started
Are you ready to break free from the beast of anxiety? Are you ready to stomp out the fear and worry? The Bible says, “They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.” (Psalms 112:7 NLT) Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice, and He has given us His resurrection power to break all strongholds, including the grip of anxiety. We can help you harness your confidence in Jesus while learning to overcome negative thoughts and emotions.
It is possible to break free from anxiety. Contact us today at to schedule an appointment. One of the licensed counselors at Rowlett Christian Counseling will gladly talk with you about your anxiety and how a personalized treatment plan can help. Reach out to us today to discuss anxiety treatment options and how to get you back on a faith-filled and victorious life.