What it is: Anxiety is a cognitive, emotional, and physiological experience that involves fear or worry of an outcome that has not yet occurred. It can also include fears or worries about how a person behaved in a past situation (e.g., social anxiety). The experience of anxiety includes thoughts (e.g., “I’m going to screw this up”), behaviors (e.g., avoidance), and physiological arousal (e.g., a panic attack). Individuals with anxiety often struggle with unfamiliar, unknown, uncertain or unplanned experiences and may adopt coping mechanisms that get in the way of their everyday lives (e.g., social isolation, avoidance of anxiety triggers, or over-controlling/over-planning their lives to reduce uncertainty).
Associated Concerns: Anxiety concerns often co-occur with symptoms of mood disturbance, insomnia, and physical health concerns that can be exacerbated by anxiety (e.g., gastro-intestinal concerns, chronic pain conditions, or high blood pressure). Substance abuse can occur if individuals attempt to use substances to reduce anxiety in difficult situations.
TAP Providers who treat anxiety:
For parents of anxious youth: Zachary