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Anxiety At Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, Valrico FL, Seffner FL, and Hyde Park FL.


in Tampa FL, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, Valrico FL, Seffner FL, and Hyde Park FL, near me.
Anxiety Therapy/Counseling

Why is anxiety so pervasive?


The answers to this question will be provided in detail during treatment. However, let’s briefly go over three concepts that individuals experiencing anxiety in Tampa FL, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, Valrico FL, Seffner FL, and Hyde Park FL, most commonly misunderstand.


Fighting Anxiety. When individuals experience anxiety, the fight-or-flight response is set in motion. This is the body’s natural response for survival. When we struggle with anxiety in Tampa FL, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, Valrico FL, Seffner FL, and Hyde Park FL, those feelings are magnified. Our inherent response is to try to get rid of unpleasant feelings and sensations immediately, but it doesn’t work effectively.



Experiencing restlessness, fatigue, muscle tension, heart pounding, and shortness of breath, to name a few symptoms of anxiety in Tampa FL, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, Valrico FL, Seffner FL, and Hyde Park FL, is not something we want to encounter on a regular basis. However, when we resist these sensations, our “alarm system” may detect that it’s not doing its job. It sends the message to the other structures in our brain and body to work overtime.


Believing and doing what the mind says. Our mind provides us with thoughts, ideas and solutions to “help” us stay safe from possible danger. Here is a short silly story to illustrate this point. Once there was a man who lived by the mountains. He had heard there were man-eating bears on those mountains. He didn’t like that idea, and somewhere he read that he could scare bears away by whistling. So he made it a habit to whistle every time he was outside doing chores. Every time his friends came over to visit, they noticed he would always whistle when he was outside of the house. They finally asked him why he did that. He responded, “My whistling keeps man-eating bears away.” His friends answered, “There are not any man-eating bears around.” The man proudly responded, “Yup, it works. My whistling keeps them away.”



You may say like this man’s friends said, “This is silly.” However, when individuals experience anxiety in Tampa FL, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, Valrico FL, Seffner FL, and Hyde Park FL, they will do whatever they believe is helpful in order to keep anxiety away, even if to others seems silly or unhelpful.


Avoidance appears to be the best solution. When someone struggles with anxiety, their mind provides a myriad of solutions to avoid anything and anyone that could possible trigger their anxiety. Unfortunately, avoidance does not provide the result they wish to have –to get rid of their anxiety in Tampa FL, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, Valrico FL, Seffner FL, and Hyde Park FL, as it keeps reoccurring. They also experience the pain of loneliness and missing out on life because they are not doing what they wish they could do if anxiety was not present.



When individuals become fused with their mind’s advice to fight their unpleasant feelings and other internal events, they reinforce their brain pathways of anxiety. Though avoidance appears to be a simple and easy solution, it can lead individuals to feeling depressed and hopeless.


The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way and Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, Valrico FL, Seffner FL, and Hyde Park FL, has the answers you’ve been looking for in your life!



At Affordable Counseling Center in Tampa FL, Brandon FL, Riverview FL, Valrico FL, Seffner FL, and Hyde Park FL, therapist will teach you or your loved one how to recognize helpful and unhelpful thoughts. You will learn to look at your internal events such as thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges with a different mindset. You will learn that the way your mind solves a problem in the outside world does not provide effective solutions in the inside world (thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges).



You will learn how your mind works and how to respond differently!


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