Why doesn’t the anxiety go away?
What exactly cues anxiety in an individual can vary from person to person, and this is what gives rise to the different anxiety disorders. However, anxiety is generally maintained in the same functional way. That is, when something makes us anxious, we try to escape and/or avoid it in the first place. When this happens, this strengthens the association in our mind of that situation with anxiety. When these situations that cue anxiety are important to us and our avoidance and escape behavior gets in the way of living the lives we want, now we have a problem.
The solution in therapy, then, is to approach rather than avoid the anxiety-provoking situation, and stay present to all of the anxiety cues in your mind, body, and surroundings, until your mind can experientially learn that there is no real danger, and that you are ok. This treatment for anxiety will seem nerve racking at first; however, the MORE you do it, the EASIER it gets! Read more about how this works in “My Approach” and call or email today for a free consultation!