What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a term used for disorders that cause nervousness, fear, hesitation, and worrying. An anxiety disorder is a mental illness where one feels anxious constantly.

Anxiety is our body’s natural response to danger. Having anxiety before a stressful event, job interview, or difficult situation is normal. However, having anxiety every day that disrupts the way you live life and go about normal daily activities falls into an anxiety disorder. Oftentimes, anxiety is linked to something in your past.  If you suspect that your anxiety started due to a specific past event, it may be easier to treat than you think.

Symptoms of Anxiety

The following are symptoms of an anxiety disorder. However, no one experiences anxiety in the same way.

  • Constant worrying

  • Fatigue

  • Feeling tense or jumpy

  • Feelings of dread

  • Insomnia/restlessness

  • Muscle tension

  • Pounding heart

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sweating

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Upset stomach

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How We Treat Anxiety

EMDR, CBT, and Mindfulness Therapy to help you manage and treat/eliminate your anxiety. We focus on what triggers you. Sometimes it is a cognitive process, sometimes it is a past memory.  Whatever the trigger, we can help you overcome it.

If we have been exposed to neglect or difficult experiences, our “neuroception” might be heightened and leave us feeling anxious. We become “wired” to constantly be ready for a threat. The good news is that we can “rewire” our nervous system by incorporating certain awareness, breathing, and mindfulness exercises.

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