Anxiety is a normal human emotion that we all experience at some point.
These feelings of worry or nervousness are often unwelcome and, for some of us, can hamper how we live our lives.
As frustrating as anxiety can be, though, it’s a necessary emotion as it sets off our internal alarm system. For our ancestors, anxiety meant the difference between staying safe or falling victim to the harsh elements of their era. Today, it is still what kicks in our “fight or flight” response when we think we may be in danger. Without anxiety, we would be more vulnerable, so, in some ways it helps protect us.
However, when anxiety warns of us danger when there is no actual threat, it becomes unhelpful. This is especially true when it starts to impede how we want to live our lives. It is at this point – when fear is unfounded and it affects daily life – that anxiety becomes a disorder.
A common disorder
Nearly 20 per cent of American adults – about 42 million people – live with anxiety disorders. These can take on several forms, including chronic worry, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, phobias and panic.
People usually seek help from a therapist when anxiety interferes with their day-to-day lives, making it difficult to go to school or work, form satisfying relationships or enjoy hobbies and leisure activities.
Hundreds of research studies have shown Cognitive Behavioral Therapy helps with anxiety disorders.
This therapy will educate you on the nature of anxiety and help you identify and adjust unhelpful thought patterns. Part of the treatment also includes exposure therapy, which can be incredibly effective. Through this, we help you learn how to have different outcomes when facing the trigger for your fears or anxiety.
How Pacific CBT can help
Our therapists are highly trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and go through ongoing training and consultations to ensure our knowledge and skills can help you tackle your anxiety disorders.
At Pacific CBT, we offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation to determine if our specialized services can help address your needs.
Or, take the next step, and schedule an appointment through our highly secure third-party service that meets the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act standards for protecting sensitive patient data.
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One of our therapists is happy to offer a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation. We can determine if your needs can be effectively addressed by the specialized services we provide.