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Anxiety

Anxiety is a natural response to stress or perceived threats. It involves feelings of uneasiness, worry, and fear, often accompanied by physical symptoms like increased heart rate or muscle tension. While occasional anxiety is normal, persistent or intense anxiety may indicate an anxiety disorder.

At Live Well Now Mental Health, we understand the impact anxiety can have on your daily life. We are here to listen with compassion to your concerns and provide treatment to get you on the road to healing and feeling better.

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During anxiety, the brain activates the amygdala, a region responsible for processing emotions, particularly fear. This triggers a "fight or flight" response, releasing stress hormones like cortisol. The prefrontal cortex, involved in decision-making, also plays a role, impacting judgment and rational thinking. Chronic anxiety can lead to alterations in brain structure and function, emphasizing the complex interplay between emotions and the brain.

Treatment for anxiety often involves a combination of psychotherapy, medications, and lifestyle changes. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is commonly used to address thought patterns contributing to anxiety. Medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or benzodiazepines may be prescribed. Lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and stress management techniques, can also be beneficial in managing anxiety. 

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