According to the National Institutes of Health, 2.6 billion people (33.7% of the population) have experienced an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. It is completely normal for us to experience worry and nervousness when we are faced with stressful situations such as going to a job interview, taking an exam, or public speaking. However, these symptoms begin to become problematic when they start to worsen over time as well as interfere with a person's daily functioning. Symptoms of anxiety may include: restlessness, irritability, muscles tension, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, interrupted sleep, persistent worrying, panic attacks, phobias, sweating, and shortness of breath. Research has shown that psychotherapy is the most effective option when treating anxiety disorders. Therapy not only treats the symptoms that you may be experiencing, but it also helps you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and teaches you more effective coping mechanisms. A PeaceTree therapist is well equipped with the tools and knowledge to help people with anxiety overcome those anxious symptoms, live life with more peace and to start moving confidently in the direction of their goals. To request a new patient appointment click here.