What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural human reaction that serves an important basic survival function. It acts as an alarm system that is activated whenever a person perceives danger. When the body reacts to a potential threat, a person feels physical sensations of anxiety: a faster heartbeat and breath rate, tensed muscles, sweaty palms, nausea, and trembling hands or legs. These sensations are part of the body’s fight-flight response, which is caused by a rush of adrenaline and other chemicals.

This reaction prepares the body to make a quick decision to either stay and fight that threat or try to escape from it. It takes a few seconds longer for the thinking part of the brain (the cortex) to process the situation and evaluate whether the threat is real and if it is, how to handle it. If the cortex sends the all-clear signal, the fight-flight response is deactivated and the nervous system can relax.

If the brain reasons that a threat might last, feelings of anxiety and the physical symptoms listed above may linger, keeping the person alert. The physical reactions or symptoms of this are often a fast heart rate, rapid pace of breathing, sweating, and sometimes a decrease in energy.

Anxiety can also be interpreted by some individuals as nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Occasionally, the causes of anxiety are easy to identify, while other times it may not be. Nearly every person feels some level or form of anxiety at some point in their life. More importantly, overwhelming, recurring, or out-of-the-blue dread can deeply impact or affect people. When anxiety interferes like this, talking to a therapist such as Nancy Travers, LCSW is a great option to regain control of the situation.

Some may also consider anxiety a normal reaction to a stressor.  There are also individuals who experience anxiety that is persistent, seemingly uncontrollable, and overwhelming. If it’s an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can be disabling.  Some people don’t ever seek treatment for anxiety and they spend their whole life in agony with little to no understanding of what is holding them back.

What Causes Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Although the exact cause of GAD is not known, a number of factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, and environmental stressors, appear to contribute to its development. Genetics: Some research suggests that family history plays a part in increasing the likelihood that a person will develop GAD. This means that the tendency to develop GAD may be passed on in families.

Brain chemistry: GAD has been associated with abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are special chemical messengers that help move information between nerve cells. If the neurotransmitters are out of balance, messages cannot travel through the brain properly. This can alter the way the brain reacts in certain situations, leading to anxiety. Environmental factors: Trauma and stressful events, such as abuse, the death of a loved one, divorce, or changing jobs or schools may lead to GAD. The use of and withdrawal from addictive substances, including alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, could also worsen anxiety.

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What Type of People Does Anxiety Affect?

According to, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.”

These types of statistics we find not only alarming but feel that through proper community outreach and service offerings, we can create a process to help individuals prevent and overcome the negative affects that anxiety disorders may have on your life. Not only does it affect you, but it affects the people around you.

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How does Nancy’s Counseling Corner help people with anxiety and the associated disorders that are related to it?

Nancy’s approach to anxiety and depression offers several models of therapy including cognitive-behavioral therapy, solution-focused, positive psychology, crisis intervention, and hypnosis.

The positive results and benefits of Nancy’s approach to anxiety therapy are seen among many people that Nancy has helped. With over 25 Years of Experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Nancy offers a variety of services that are necessary for reaching your goals of overcoming your problems.

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Our goal is to help you overcome the feelings of fear, anxiety, and negative emotions developed from anxiety.  Make the decision to start today and take the steps in the right direction towards progress.

Identify The Cause and Effect of Your Anxiety Problems Then Identify Solutions That Help.

Anxiety can be caused by a number of reasons and together we will identify not only the cause, but work together towards a solution that will eliminate the questions, worry, and uncertainty.

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How do I know if I need Anxiety Counseling?

We have all experienced anxiety at some point in our lives. However, if you have suffered from anxiety attacks and/or panic attacks you know how scary they can be.

If you find yourself worrying too much, focused on how things can go wrong, having repetitive thoughts over and over, and avoiding situations that can bring anxiety, it is likely that anxiety is interfering in your life.

There are many different types of anxiety disorders. Some include social anxiety disorder, phobias, panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder.

Anxiety disorders are a serious mental illness and can cause major problems in your life. Anxiety disorders can cause you to have constant worry and fear that can become unmanageable. Fear can start to take over your life and can also affect people close to you.

Different anxiety disorders can cause many different types of symptoms. Some symptoms might be social or emotional, which can take a toll on your self-esteem and mental health. Anxiety disorders have such a deep impact on your life that they can also cause serious physical health problems. These problems can continue to grow and cause your health to deteriorate quickly. Here are some of the many different symptoms that can be experienced:

Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Chest pains
  • Racing heart rate
  • Numbness, tingling in body parts
  • Sleep disturbance

Emotional Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Feeling anxious; few minutes to hours
  • Panic Attacks
  • Fear
  • Obsessive Compulsiveness
  • Anxiety
  • Feeling restlessness or on edge
  • Anticipating that future events will be catastrophes

Social Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Isolation
  • Withdrawal
  • Irritability
  • Short Temper
  • Lack of Participation in Group Activities

If you have any of these symptoms you may suffer from anxiety. Anxiety counseling can help. Learn the skills to identifying the thoughts, perceptions, and feelings and change them with anxiety counseling. You do not have to go through this alone. Call to schedule your appointment for effective anxiety counseling today at 949.510.9423.

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Q: Are there different types of anxiety disorders, and can counseling help with all of them?A: Yes, there are various types of anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder, and Panic Disorder. Anxiety counseling can help individuals with different types of anxiety disorders by providing tailored strategies and support for managing their specific symptoms.
Q: Can anxiety counseling be conducted online or through teletherapy?A: Yes, anxiety counseling can be conducted online or through teletherapy, offering flexibility and accessibility for those who may have difficulty attending in-person sessions. Online counseling can be just as effective as in-person counseling.
Q: Is medication always necessary for managing severe anxiety, or can counseling be enough?A: Medication is not always necessary for managing severe anxiety. Many individuals with severe anxiety find relief through counseling alone, which equips them with effective coping strategies and tools to manage their symptoms. The decision to use medication is made in consultation with a mental health professional.
Q: Can children and adolescents benefit from anxiety counseling?A: Yes, children and adolescents can benefit from anxiety counseling. It is particularly important for them to learn early coping strategies and develop resilience in the face of anxiety to prevent it from becoming a more severe and chronic condition.
Q: How can I find a qualified anxiety counselor for my specific needs and preferences?A: To find a qualified anxiety counselor, research reputable mental health professionals, read reviews, and ask for referrals from your primary care physician. It’s essential to find someone who specializes in anxiety disorders and whose approach aligns with your preferences and goals.
Q: Can anxiety counseling help with physical symptoms, such as panic attacks or muscle tension?A: Yes, anxiety counseling can help individuals manage physical symptoms associated with anxiety, such as panic attacks and muscle tension. Counselors provide techniques to reduce physical symptoms and help individuals regain control over their bodies and emotions.
Q: How long does it typically take to see improvements with anxiety counseling?A: The timeline for seeing improvements with anxiety counseling varies for each individual. Some may experience positive changes within a few weeks, while others may require several months of counseling to see significant progress. It depends on the severity of symptoms and the individual’s commitment to the process.
Q: Is it possible to relapse into anxiety after successful counseling?A: It is possible to experience occasional relapses into anxiety after successful counseling. Life stressors or triggers can lead to temporary setbacks. However, individuals who have undergone counseling are better equipped to recognize and manage these relapses effectively.
Q: Can anxiety counseling address the root causes of anxiety, or does it focus only on symptom management?A: Anxiety counseling typically addresses both symptom management and the underlying causes of anxiety. It helps individuals identify and understand the root causes, making it possible to work on long-term solutions and improve overall mental well-being.
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