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Three Ways Anxiety Causes Emotional Withdrawal and Disconnect

Anxiety can be seen as rumination, irritability, isolation, and feelings of disconnect that affect our everyday lives. While Generalized Anxiety Disorder has a stereotype of panic attacks and hyperventilating, this mental health disorder is far more pervasive and "sneaky" that aren't so out in the open.

1. Individuals with anxiety often ruminate or worry about things that they can't control.

Ruminating often is seen as "thinking in circles," or feeling like your thought process is stuck in a negative rut.

2. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder may feel a strong sense of shame.

Shame, according to Brene Brown (#GiftsOfImperfection), can be defined as a pervasive feeling that we are bad people, rather than just doing bad things. Engaging in shame often leads to more severe symptoms of anxiety and depression.

3. Anxiety can cause social withdrawal because individuals may feel that their thoughts, feelings, and emotions are constantly being judged by others.

It is important to remember that feelings do not equal facts and also that no one thinks about us as much as we think about ourselves.

Even though Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the most common mental health issue in the United States, with approximately 3.1% of adults having a formal diagnosis, it is important for you as an individual to recognize that your thoughts, feelings and emotions are valid and seek professional help from a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#COVIDCounseling, #AnxietyCounseling) if you desire more support.

Pivot Counseling, PLLC offering BCBS covered telehealth and in-person therapy for individuals struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Relationships, and Eating Disorders in Durham, NC. For more information regarding individual counseling, please go to, or follow us at or

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