Anxiety is the constant and pervasive sense something is not right – mental and physical tension and an anticipation of danger with a need to be on high alert. Fear is the emotional response to real and perceived threats; anxiety is the anticipation of a future threat. The mind and body want to prepare for fight, flight, or freeze in response to the threat: pressure at work, overwhelming responsibilities at home, a difficult relationship, along with worry that something bad is about to happen. In today’s world of overloaded media messages appearing on the phone, radio, television, and increasing speed of life, it’s no surprise that anxiety is one of the most common and prevalent mental concerns reported and treated in the United States.  

Anxiety disorders differ from each other in the types of objects or situations that induce fear, anxiety, and avoidance behavior.

The art depicts the overwhelming fear and anxiety of the environment and thoughts that are perceived through a sense – in this case through the mind’s eye.  

“Before I was treated for anxiety, my personal relationships were dissolving and my performance at work was at the point of almost being fired. With cognitive-behavioral therapy, hear rate variability biofeedback, and neurofeedback, my life got back on track and I’m much happier.”

The amygdala is an almond-shaped structure deep in the brain that is believed to be a communications hub between the parts of the brain that process incoming sensory signals and the parts that interpret these signals. It can alert the rest of the brain that a threat is present and trigger a fear or anxiety response. To alleviate anxiety disorders, clinicians use medication, talk therapy, meditation, hypnosis, biofeedback, neurotherapy, EMDR, and suggest lifestyle changes. Sometimes, all of these therapies are integrated, and at Brain Health Northwest, we do just that! We offer psychophysiological therapies that are highly effective at treating and alleviating (or eliminating) anxiety disorders.