Heart and Harmony Music Therapy presents ... Therapy Buzzwords: Anxiety

Therapy Buzzwords: Anxiety

by Taylor Cockrum, MT-BC

 

What’s that? 

Anxiety …

  • is an intense worry or fear about everyday situations. It can be triggered by life experiences or be inherited.
  • affects ALL people, however, it can become a problem when the frequency of this intense worry interferes with daily functioning. Not all people who experience anxiety have an anxiety disorder!
  • Can look like: increased heart rate, sweating, nausea, difficulty sleeping, rapid breathing, panic attacks, difficulty concentrating, avoiding tasks and responsibilities, feeling tense and/or restless, mood swings, etc.

Misconceptions

Anxiety is NOT

  • Rational. You cannot “logic” your way through anxiety.
  • Fake. Whether your symptoms are visible or not, anxiety is very real.
  • One size fits all. Everyone experiences anxiety differently.
  • The same as being depressed or a perfectionist.
  • Your fault!
  • Attention-seeking.
  • A sign of weakness.
  • Shameful.
  • Untreatable / unmanageable

What can I do?

If you’re experiencing anxiety or are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, you’re not alone! Over 3 million people are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in the US every year. 

So what helps?

  • A solid support system.
  • Developing healthy coping skills / self-care (i.e. meditation, journaling, exercising, spending time outside, socializing, listening to music, and art, just to name a few)
  • Identifying specific anxiety triggers.
  • Therapy. If you are having a hard time coming up with coping skills, holding yourself accountable, or
    if you need additional support identifying triggers of your anxiety, therapists are trained to support you through this process.
  • Medication. SOMETIMES. But talk to a doctor to see if this is a good fit for you!

Takeaway 

If you have anxiety, remember …

  • You’re not alone.
  • Your feelings are valid.
  • To find what works best for you, do it, and then find people who make sure you KEEP doing it.
  • Get HELP if you need it. There is no shame in needing some.
  • It is okay to not be okay all the time.
  • You’ll get there. Be patient with yourself.
  • You are worthy of love and support, just as you are.

 

Chime in!

What other therapy buzzwords should we discuss? We’d love to hear from you.

Taylor Cockrum, MT-BC

Music Therapist – Board Certified

taylor@heartandharmony.com