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What It's Like to Live With Anxiety

For those who don't suffer from anxiety, it is hard for them to understand exactly what it feels like. Everyone feels a little anxiety at least once in their lifetime, and in some cases anxiety is an appropriate reaction to be feeling. The common feelings of anxiety could be the butterflies you feel in your stomach, or a tightness in your chest. However, for the people who feel anxious all the time with no cause, that's when the anxiety can be come a mental illness. Anxiety disorders are a serious mental illness because it can lead to other illnesses such as depression. Here are some common symptoms people feel when having anxiety:

  • Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness 
  • Problems sleeping 
  • Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Heart palpitations
  • An inability to be still and calm 
  • Dry mouth 
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet 
  • Nausea 
  • Muscle tension 
  • Dizziness 

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Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.