Atlanta Anxiety Therapy

What is Anxiety and Panic?

 

Anxiety is a human emotion that is directly related to our survival instincts. When it works properly, anxiety warns us of physical and emotional danger, keeps us from losing shelter and food, and helps us to protect those we love. When anxiety is too high (or out of balance) then we over-worry, get overwhelmed, dread things that are unlikely to happen, catastrophize (making mountains out of molehills), and panic. This is ultimately dysfunctional because it “overdoes” it’s intended use and now we become miserable. Anxiety not only affects our emotional well-being but it also affects our physical health as well. Some symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Fast, shallow breathing
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Increased sweating
  • Fidgeting and twitching
  • Panic – Spike in anxiety marked be feelings of imminent danger
  • Heart palpitations
  • Problems sleeping