While anxiety disorders are differentiated according to the types of situations that are feared or avoided and the content of the associated thoughts or beliefs, anxiety disorders all include excessive fear and anxiety, as well as common avoidant behavioral patterns and physical symptoms (for example, feeling on edge, racing heart, wanting to isolate, etc).
Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is anticipation of future threat. Fear more often associated with surges of autonomic arousal necessary for fight or flight, thoughts of immediate danger, and escape behaviors. Panic attacks are an example of a of fear response that can be seen in multiple disorders. Anxiety more often associated with muscle tension and vigilance in preparation for future danger and cautious or avoidant behaviors.
While many disorders have a biological cause or predisposition, many are also associated with a learned response based on a traumatic event. Our clients continually impress us by their ability to learn new healthy behavior patterns when we work partner together to treat the root cause of the distress.
Our team is ready to support clients in addressing the following: