Anxiety, Trauma, PTSD

Would you like to know if you have Anxiety? Or, how about your LOVED ONE?

  1. Have you ever felt like you were going out of control?
  2. Have you felt you might be going crazy?
  3. Did you feel like you might be having a heart attack?
  4. Were you shaking, dizzy or light-headed?
  5. Did you feel numb, detached, or out of touch with yourself?
  6. Were you sick to your stomach?
  7. Were you sweating too?
  8. Did you have chills or hot flashes?
  9. Did you feel like your were being smothered, as though you couldn’t breathe?

Anxiety in its many forms may have many of the symptoms listed above.

The various anxiety disorders include:

  • Panic Disorder: sudden episodes of acute apprehension or intense fear occurring “out of the blue”
  • Agoraphobia: fear of being in situations from which escape might be difficult if you have a panic attack
  • Social Phobia: fear of embarrassment or humiliation in situations where you are exposed to scrutiny of others or must perform
  • Specific Phobia: strong fear and avoidance of one particular type of object or situation
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: chronic anxiety that persists for at least six months but no panic attack, phobias, or obsessions. “Just” persistent anxiety and worry.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: compulsive washing, checking, counting… You know your thoughts and behaviors make no sense, and you’re frustrated and depressed that you can’t control them.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: development of disabling symptoms following a traumatic event
  • Acute Stress Disorder: like PTSD (above) but symptoms subside in less than 1 month.
  • Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder: same as agoraphobia (above) but no full-blown panic attacks
  • Anxiety Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition: significant anxiety as a direct physiological effect of a specific medical condition
  • Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder: panic attack or generalized anxiety as the direct physiological effect of a substance (drug abuse, medication or toxin exposure)

If you or a loved one are experiencing some of the symptoms or conditions listed above, Gail Johnson, CSW, may be able to help you. She has worked with children and adults since 1997, problem-solving, teaching coping skills, connecting with resources, medical and others, monitoring meds (if necessary) teaching and modeling self advocacy, and helping clients regain joy in their lives.