Dealing with Anxiety? You’re Not Alone—Get Help at Howard Memorial Hospital

Anxiety has long been a part of being human—from financial worries and relationship struggles to major life changes and grief—many things can trigger anxiety. And as we continue to collectively grapple with an ongoing pandemic, finding ways to cope with and treat anxiety is more important than ever.

Fortunately, the expert team at Howard Memorial Hospital can help. 

Vanessa Sampson, LMSW, is a licensed therapist who specializes in geriatric therapy at HMH and a major proponent of getting people the help they need for anxiety and other mental health concerns. She’s seen a definite increase in the number of people reaching out for help managing anxiety and mental health care in recent months.

“Many people are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression at this time as a result of increased isolation and uncertainty,” she said. “These people are now, more than ever, aware of the struggles that come with mental health issues.”

Some symptoms of anxiety may include:

  • Racing thoughts that won’t stop
  • Rapid heartbeat even when inactive
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Chest pressure
  • Being startled easily or a sense of being “on edge”
  • Avoidance/self-isolation

Of course, it’s important to remember that no two individuals experience anxiety the same way and treatment needs to be customized for each person.

“For some patients exposure therapy, or gradually exposing them to the cause of their anxiety, can be very effective,” Vanessa said. “And for others, breathing therapy or distraction work well. A lot of it is just about slowing down and focusing on yourself.”

Outside of therapy, Vanessa recommends other ways to cope with anxiety including:

  • Exercising
  • Deep breathing
  • Limiting caffeine
  • Focusing on a project or hobby
  • Spending time with pets
  • Talking to a trusted confidant
  • Cleaning or organizing

If you need help, don’t put off caring for your mental health. Therapy services are simple and don’t require a referral from your provider. Call (870) 845-6069 to learn more or make an appointment. If you’d rather not come in for a visit, ask about a convenient telehealth therapy appointment instead.

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