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Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety is defined as an emotion characterized by anticipation of a future event or threat. Anxiety is characterized by feelings of distress, worry, apprehension or nervousness. It can be expected, such as before addressing a problem at work or attending a social gathering.

Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone experiences throughout their lives. When it comes to healthy, manageable doses, anxiety can help keep us alert, focused, and productive. However, even occasional anxiety can be unpleasant. Sometimes, anxiety becomes difficult to tolerate, interfere with daily life, or feel out-of-proportion to the event that brought it on.

When you have anxiety that is more than just a brief response to a stressful event, and you find that it worsens over time and interferes with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder. According to the American Psychiatric Association approximately 30% of adults experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. Anxiety disorders are the most common diagnosis among mental health issues in our country.

What are anxiety disorders?

Anxiety disorders are conditions where fear and apprehension are so strong as to interfere with daily life. This interference occurs more days than not for at least six months. People struggling with anxiety disorders typically have recurring intrusive thoughts and concerns that are difficult to tolerate. If you or a loved one are struggling with anxiety, don’t wait. Left untreated, anxiety can affect your productivity, damage your relationships, and deteriorate your health.

What are the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

Everyone reacts to anxiety differently. Symptoms vary and may include:

  • Frequent or intense worry
  • Difficulty controlling the worry
  • Worrying about too many things
  • Panic or dread
  • A pounding heart
  • Rapid breathing
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Muscle tension and trembling
  • Nausea and sweating
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Nervousness, restlessness, irritability, feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Difficulty thinking clearly or concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Fear and insecurity
  • Chest pain

Therapy for managing and treating anxiety

Psychologist Dr. Susan Pazak specializes in diagnosing and treating anxiety.

“I founded my practice to help people just like you find freedom from anxiety because no one should face their worries alone.”

The first step to treating your anxiety is schedule a therapy session. The goal of the initial session is to get a better understanding of you, your history, what brings you to therapy, and what your needs are in therapy. Dr. Pazak’s goal is to work with you in a safe and supportive environment where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and work toward solutions. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are very treatable.

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Dr. Susan Pazak is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in California and a life coach offering elite concierge coaching services from a psychological perspective. With a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Pazak has a profound understanding of people after her many years of studying and observing human behavior that allows her to provide the most unique and extraordinary coaching experience in the world. Valued by her clients for her keen perspective, caring, logic and insight as being part of the amazing coaching experience.  She has navigated her accomplished, intelligent clients through the most difficult and tragic situations to a simple resolution and change.


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