What is Anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday tasks or events. They also may be specific to certain objects or rituals. There are several different types of anxiety disorders that are based on specific fears and worries you might have. A certain level of anxiety or worry is not only normal, but can be very helpful. For example, a person about to take a test or speak in public could be motivated by the fear of failure to prepare adequately. However, if your worries or panic are getting in the way of daily functioning, it might be time to talk with someone.

What might my anxiety symptoms be related to?

Some types of anxiety disorders are:

  • Generalized Anxiety is excessive worrying about a lot of many things most of the time
  • Phobias are fears of specific objects or situations such as: animals, storms, heights, etc.
  • Social Anxiety is worrying about being embarrassed in public
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is when someone is bothered by irrational repeated thoughts (obsessions) or behaviors (compulsions)
  • Acute Stress is the period of time immediately after a stressful event where you feel like you are re-experiencing the event, numb and/or anxious, and feel scared and helpless
  • Post Traumatic Stress is when the symptoms of Acute Stress do not go away (usually about after about one month)
  • Separation Anxiety is when your child demonstrates extreme worry that something bad will happen if he or she is separated from you, even for a short time

Getting help for anxiety is NOT a sign of weakness!  Anxiety can be managed effectively and most people can live a life free from symptoms!

How can I get help?

There are many treatments for anxiety. Many of our counselors are trained to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is considered the most proven treatment for anxiety. Click to learn more about our evidence-based treatments.

To make an appointment please call our Tacoma office at 253-565-4484 and speak with our intake specialists.