Four Week Series:
Overview of Anxiety
The fundamental concepts of anxiety will be discussed including: the role of anxiety in “fight” or “flight”, true alarms, false alarms, and what keeps anxiety going.
Emphasis will be on “you can think any thought at any time”. A discussion of how thoughts either accelerate or decelerate anxiety will be explained. Cognitive reframing will be applied as a skill to decrease anxious thoughts.
A discussion of how the human body prepares for “fight” or “flight”. An evaluation of how anxious feelings such as stomachaches, increased heart rate and breathing, dizziness may fuel anxiety.
A discussion of the “fight” or “flight” response will be applied to avoiding, accommodating, and seeking reassurance during anxious episodes. Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) will also be discussed.