When anxiety hits, it feels like we’re being smashed with a tidal wave of emotions that feel too intense to cope with. All we want to do is escape them—in any way we can.

Anxiety disorders are common. Almost one-third of adults will have experienced an anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime. The good news is there are effective treatments for anxiety disorders.

While medication can help, it doesn’t get to the underlying reasons for the panic, fear, or paralysis. Nor does it put to rest the obsessive thoughts that keep us from sleeping at night.

Reducing anxiety through psychotherapy is about identifying and defusing charged emotions and developing an ability to cope with stressful situations as they arise.

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