By TERI SOGOL, LCSW
Jewish Family Service
Feeling anxious? You’re not alone.
It seems today there are more things than ever to be anxious about. We’re bombarded with worrisome news from our televisions, newspapers, and the Internet. Social media has contributed as well.
And it’s not just adults who are suffering. Teens are experiencing anxiety in greater numbers than ever before. A recent article in The New York Times noted that over the last decade anxiety has overtaken depression as the most common reason students seek counseling services.
But, you may ask, isn’t feeling anxious at times normal? The answer to that question is “Yes”—anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations. But what about when anxiety becomes excessive—when it interferes with our daily life and functioning? What then?
If you would like to learn more about the difference between stress and anxiety, symptoms of anxiety, how to know when to seek help, what kinds of help are available, and more, Jewish Family Service invites you to join us for “High Anxiety,” an informative presentation by David Kirk Barton, M.D., adult psychiatry. Dr. Barton divides his time between his private practice and his work with combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder at the Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center.
The program will take place on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Gordon JCC. Please RSVP to Teri Sogol, LCSW, casework director, at (615) 354-1662. •