Our lives are full of potential stressors — Situations that, rightly or wrongly, we believe we cannot handle. We respond to stressors with anxiety, the body’s emergency response system. Our hearts and breathing race, our muscles tense up, adrenalin and cortisol are released, blood is shunted away from the hands and feet to the center of the body, digestion is curtailed, attention hyper-focuses. This is the Fight or Flight response.
The optimism of a healthy mind is indefatigable.
The system is terrific for keeping us alive in moments of sudden danger but becomes problematic if it is chronically triggered. Unfortunately, many people live with chronic stressors related to work, relationships, personal achievement and technology overuse. Over time, this can lead to a state of constant physical and mental distress:
These are common experiences when anxiety undermines people’s lives. There are many ways that people try to manage their anxiety. These strategies tend to work in the moment of acute distress but have long-term negative consequences. Maybe you or someone you know:
Anxiety can run your life, but there are treatments that reduce or eliminate its hold. Anxiety is as varied as the people it affects, so I utilize a multimodal approach to the work. I use evidence-based approaches like Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, Biofeedback or Neurofeedback. I also work with medication prescribers, schools and others to provide appropriate support. Together, we can break the hold anxiety has on you, allowing you the freedom to live your life as you choose.