Category: Anxiety

panic attacks, anxiety, therapy

How to Deal with and Prevent Panic Attacks

You’re going about your day when suddenly – and for no apparent reason – a sense of overwhelming fear kicks in.  Your heart rate spikes, breathing becomes difficult, you feel like you might faint, and there’s a sense that you’ve lost control.  “What’s wrong with me?”, you might be thinking.  “Am I having a heart attack? Am I going to die?”  Your fears about what’s happening only make things worse.  You decide to check yourself in to the ER, only to be told that there’s nothing wrong with your health – and that you might only be experiencing anxiety. Read more

phobia, exposure therapy, anxiety

When a Fear Becomes a Phobia

We can all identify certain things we are afraid of.  Public speaking, snakes, heights, spiders, social situations, enclosed spaces, flying, clowns, and injections (think flu shot) are among some of the most commonly reported fears.  When it comes to these fears, there’s a spectrum of fright intensity that ranges from intense dislike to total avoidance of anything that has to do with the thing or the situation that causes the fearful emotional response.  In the most severe cases, contact with anything associated with the anxiety-provoking stimulus can cause an extremely anxious response or panic attack that usually leads to doing whatever necessary to separate oneself from the place or situation.  This is called a phobia.  Read more

Getting Past the Barrier of Low Motivation

One of the things I see people struggle with most is lack of motivation.  This ultimately leads to a vicious cycle of procrastination, …

Teletherapy: What it is, Benefits, and How it Works

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing recommendations, people are opting to (or being told to) stay at home.  …

Our Efforts to Support Tampa Bay

Just like that, everything has changed.  Jobs are being lost, local businesses are being forced to shut down, lives are …