By Sherianna Boyle
Reviewed by John D. Moore, Ph.D.
“My anxiety stops me from being able to focus. It gets so bad sometimes that I feel like I’m weighed down by a wet blanket. I can’t sleep at night. What can you do to help?”
Clients often share statements like this as a way of describing how anxiety has taken over their lives — and how it has made things miserable. This is particularly true for folks who struggle with various mental health challenges, such as generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Anxiety, left unchecked, inflates like a balloon — replete with sleepless nights, panic attacks, even flair-ups of irritable bowl syndrome. It can make the simplest of tasks overwhelming.