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Houston Anxiety Counseling

we treat anxiety

According to the American Psychological Association, anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes. Fear and anxiety are sometimes used interchangeably but have distinct, key differences. Fear is the reaction to a current threat in the present but anxiety is characterized by the anticipation of potential danger in the future. Anxiety is an adaptive emotion that works towards preventing a fear-provoking situation and readies us for future problems. We cannot predict or control the future; anxiety becomes maladaptive when disproportionate amounts of worry and concern dominate our thoughts and keep us from experiencing joy, meaning, and peace in the present.

Anxiety disorders are common in adults (18%) and teenagers (25%) in the United States. Those with anxiety disorders often experience recurring, intrusive thoughts or concerns and may avoid particular situations that could cause them distress. Anxiety is often associated with physical symptoms, like rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, muscle tension, sweating, shaking, dizziness, and tightness in the chest.

Excessive anxiety may start to negatively affect one's emotional well-being, relationships with others, health, career, and identity. Counseling can help. Research shows that psychotherapy, alone or in combination with medication, is a highly effective treatment for most people with an anxiety disorder. Contact The Resilience Center of Houston today to be connected with a licensed therapist skilled in working with anxiety. You don't have to suffer alone.

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