What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the emotion we experience when we anticipate danger. Anxiety can come from “real” threats, such as close-calls while driving a car, or from “potential” threats such as worry about an illness that you may or may not have. Anxiety impacts the body by starting the fight-flight-freeze response, impacts the mind by focusing all thoughts on the threat, and impacts behavior by often times encouraging avoidance of an anxiety-provoking stimuli.
Symptoms of anxiety include:
Feeling on-edge or agitated
Increased heart rate
Anxiety is a normal emotion that all humans and animals experience and is not problematic on its’ own. However, when anxiety impacts happiness, well-being, or ones’ ability to accomplish goals it may be helpful to seek therapy. A therapist trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) may be helpful for people to understand and move on from anxiety that negatively impacts them. If you or a loved one is struggling with anxiety, please contact me for a free 15 minute assessment to see if therapy may be helpful in overcoming anxiety.