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Is What I’m Feeling Anxiety?

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Whether it be work life, school life, or home life, almost everyone feels stressed or anxious about something during their week. It’s normal to feel small amounts of stress, but if you’re worrying about your worry, then there might be a bigger issue at hand. A diagnosable anxiety disorder is something that isn’t what everyone deals with. Diagnoses are sometimes unclear, so if you’re worried about an anxiety disorder, it’s important to reach out to a professional for help. Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you. Continue reading to learn more if you’re questioning if what you are feeling along with a substance use disorder is anxiety.

Persistent Worrying

If you would categorize your worrying as persistent, you might want to look into getting more further help. It’s normal to worry about big events, but if your worry lingers for longer than a normal amount, you might want to reach out to us.

Worrying About Your Worry

It’s normal to be worried if you have a substance use disorder. You may worry that you’ll never be able to stop using—this is a common worry. But, if you’re worrying about your worry that you’ll never stop using, then you might be looking at a bigger issue, such as a co-occurring anxiety disorder.

Jumping to a Worst-Case Scenario

If you are catastrophizing most things which leads you to jumping to a worst-case scenario, your behavior might be related to an anxiety disorder. It’s normal to wonder about a situation, but if you are worrying and thinking worst-case all of the time, this isn’t usual behavior for someone without an anxiety disorder.

Overestimating Relatively Small Things

If you feel threatened by many things that aren’t as serious as they could be, you might focus more on things that reinforce your beliefs. If your beliefs aren’t actually sustained by fact, then you might be worrying more than the general person. For example, if you have a fear of an animal that others are not fearful of because there isn’t an imminent threat, you may be overestimating a smaller issue. This could be a sign of an anxiety disorder.

Avoiding Certain Things

If you are worrying more about the outcomes of a situation than what you can control, this might be a sign of a larger issue. It’s important to take a look at what you can do to control a situation, instead of just focusing on the outcome.

Becoming More Tired and Irritable

It’s natural to get frustrated if you are worrying about everything all of the time. This frustration can lead to someone losing sleep, thus becoming more and more tired as time goes on. If you’re feeling like this, in addition to other anxiety symptoms, you might want to reach out to us for more information about how we can help you.

You’re Hurting

Many people with anxiety disorders feel the physical effects of anxiety, such as headaches and stomachaches. If you’re hurting physically, along with emotionally, you might be dealing with an anxiety disorder.

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you if you are struggling with a co-occurring anxiety disorder. Reach out to us for more information at 844-413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you and get you set up in one of our programs today!