"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really
              stop to look fear in the face.  You must do the thing you think you cannot do."  Eleanor Roosevelt


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          It’s something that we all experience to varying degrees
                                               from time to time.
          It can run the gamut, from nervousness, caution, or worry, 
          to stress, obsessing, fear, panic attacks, or outright terror


                            At times anxiety can be helpful, as when it signals a danger
                                 or something that’s “not quite right” that needs our attention.

                        At other times, however, anxiety can be debilitating, immobilizing,
                       and/or frightening
.  It is not uncommon for people to end up in the
                   emergency room of a hospital, mistaking a panic attack for a heart attack.  



If your stress, fear, or worry is affecting the quality of your life, you may wish to call (512) 339-1694, text, or email me  karen@depressionanxietycounselingaustin.com to ask any questions that you may have or to set up a counseling appointment to treat your anxiety. 

                           SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY* 

  • Restlessness or Feeling Keyed Up or On Edge
  •  Being easily Fatigued
  •  Difficulty Concentrating or Mind Going Blank
  •  Irritability
  •  Muscle Tension
  •  Sleep Disturbance

accompanied by excessive anxiety or worry about a number
of events or activities which the person finds it difficult to control.


                                     SYMPTOMS OF A PANIC ATTACK* 

  • Palpitations, Pounding Heart or Accelerated Heart Rate
  •  Sweating
  •  Trembling or Shaking
  •  Sensations of Shortness of Breath or Smothering
  •  Feeling of Choking
  •  Chest Pain or Discomfort
  •  Nausea or Abdominal Distress
  •  Feeling Dizzy, Unsteady, Lightheaded, or Faint
  •  Feeling of Unreality or Being Detached from Oneself
  •  Fear of Dying
  •  Numbness or Tingling Sensations
  •  Chills or Hot Flushes 

* Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 1994   

      Despite the extreme discomfort and stress that anxiety may cause, it might also be seen as an opportunity for healing, growth,
         and deeper understanding of ourselves
       Perhaps the anxiety is related to a fear of something that is or has been a genuinely frightening, traumatic, dangerous,
potentially life-threatening situation.

      At other times, however,we may actually feel anxious about experiencing other, deeper, core feelings such as sadness,
, or even  joy (such as when we believe that if we allow ourselves to feel too happy, we’ll be even more hurt and disappointed
          when it gets taken away).

      So in a sense, at times, anxiety may be seen as a signal of, and protection or defense against feeling overwhelmed by
        other seemingly unmanageable, scary, and/or intense emotions.

       I think that the reason that our feelings can seem like too much to handle, is that
       it often feels as though we’ve been left alone to deal with these feelings.  

       When you are in counseling with me, I will not leave you alone to deal
       with your
anxiety or any other feelings from which your anxiety may be
       protecting you.  I am not afraid of the intensity of big feelings.  In fact, I invite
       and welcome them.

       For it is the very experience of feeling and working through emotions
       while in the presence of a caring and compassionate other
that, I
       believe, is truly healing.

   It is this shared experience that, I think, is what actually has the power to
      move us
beyond our stuck or scary places, into a place of calm,
      confidence, clarity, courage, and compassion for ourselves and for

       If you are struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, PTSD, obsessions,
       compulsions, or trauma
, please feel free to call (512) 339-1694,   
or email me
    to discuss your particular situation or to set up a counseling appointment.  I look
       forward to hearing from you.

                                          Depression and Anxiety Counseling of Austin serves the online community, as well as communities in Central Texas, including:  Austin,   
                                                       Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Liberty Hill, Georgetown, Lake Travis, Lago Vista, Lakeway, Jonestown, Dripping Springs, 
                                                                                                                      Pflugerville, Wells Branch, Hutto, Taylor, Manor

                                      I provide Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy for Adults, Seniors, Young Adults.  Help with Depression, Anxiety, Grief and Loss, Worry,
                                              Stress, Fear, Trauma, PTSD, Panic Attacks, Relationships, Parenting, Child Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Anger Management, Personal Growth.

                                                                                                                            Karen Hampton, LCSW
                                                                                                                             12741 Research Blvd.
                                                                                                                          Building 300, Suite 300
                                                                                                                                Austin, TX  78759
                                                                                                                         Phone  (512) 339-1694