Receive Help Living with Anxiety in Illinois

Everyone feels anxious now and again. However, for some, there can come the point where anxiety can inhibit your ability to function. Yet, only 36.9% of those with anxiety choose to seek out treatment. And with anxiety affecting as many as 40 million adults in the US per year, you’re likely to know someone struggling with the disorder themselves. However, if you feel your anxiety is holding you back, you can receive counseling and potential medical treatment in Illinois from Captive Set Free.

What is Anxiety?

If you are dealing with great deals of stress, anxiety is your body’s natural response. Anxiety is often associated with feelings of fear, dread or nervousness towards simple or significant events in your daily life. And while it’s normal to feel anxious before events such as public speaking or a job interview, anxiety can become problematic if it persists or becomes extreme.

Common Symptoms

Anxiety can cause a host of symptoms that interfere with the way you function daily. If concerned over whether anxiety is mentally holding you back, you can discuss your symptoms with our mental health professional. Such symptoms can include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feelings of tiredness
  • Being restless
  • A frequent sense of panic

What Can Cause Anxiety?

There can be numerous sources for your anxiety, and not all are easily identifiable. However, with help from Captive Set Free, together we can discover the root of your anxiety and discuss treatment. Some potential causes might be:

  • Stress – The most prominent contributor to anxiety is stress. And stress can come from multiple sources. Whether in a bad relationship, studying for a test, contending with a severe injury or otherwise, you can quickly become vulnerable to more extreme forms of anxiety.
  • Medication – Some medications used to treat sickness or health issues can also cause symptoms related to anxiety.
  • Drug Use – Similar to how a medication might induce anxiety, certain illicit drugs can amplify feelings of anxiousness.
  • Genetics – If anxiety is a common trait throughout your family, your susceptibility to it can be passed down from a relative.
  • Trauma – Traumatic events in your past can sometimes develop into extreme fears or phobias, which is a significant source of anxiety for some.

Woman sitting up in bed on laptop dealing with Anxiety and on a telehealth call with mental health professional

What Can Be Done?

Depending on the severity of your anxiety, some steps can be made to help reduce and manage it, allowing you to function normally daily. Sherri Bowald of Captive Set Free is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. After several consultations with Sherri, we can help identify what might be causing your anxiety, introduce mindful practices that help mitigate it, and prescribe medication if necessary. Moreover, Sherri takes an approach to mental health that helps her clients cope through spiritual support, building a stronger connection with God.

If living in Illinois and looking for help managing your anxiety, depression, OCD or other mental health disorders, be sure to give Captive Set Free a call. You can contact us today at 309-300-3067 to book an appointment. Or, we are available via email at