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Understanding Anxiety

Therapy for managing anxiety in Orange County

Anxiety is characterized by feelings of distress, worry, apprehension or nervousness in anticipation of a future event. 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, interferes 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.

An anxiety disorder is a condition where fear and apprehension are so strong they interfere with your daily life. 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.

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

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

“I founded my practice to help people just like you find freedom from anxiety.”

The first step to treating your anxiety is to schedule a therapy session. The initial therapy session affords Dr. Pazak the opportunity to understanding your history with anxiety and how it has affected your life. 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 towards managing your anxiety. Fortunately, anxiety disorders are very treatable. We’re here to help.

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Orange County therapist Dr. Susan Pazak specializes in diagnosing and treating anxiety disorders. With a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology, Dr. Pazak has an expert understanding of anxiety disorders and how to manage anxiety. If you or a loved one is suffering from anxiety, schedule a therapy session today. You’re not alone, there are techniques to manage anxiety, and anxiety disorders are treatable.

At a Glance

Dr. Susan Pazak, MD

  • Bachelors, Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology
  • Voted best psychologist in Laguna Niguel 3 years
  • Studied marital & sexual satisfaction in couples
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