What is Anxiety?

Taking Back Control

Anxiety is something everyone experiences. It helps us know when something might be wrong by making us feel a certain way. Even though being anxious can be good or helpful in some situations, you might feel like it’s happening too often or that it’s more intense than it should be.

If you feel like you’re too anxious, we can help. The therapists at Ally Psych have helped hundreds of clients feel better and regain control. Let us help you slow down your racing thoughts and get you back to living life.

Helping You Understand Anxiety

Anxiety looks and feels different for everyone. How you experience anxiety may not be the same as your friend describes it or from what you hear and see on social media. We know that sometimes it can be difficult to explain how you’re feeling, so below are some common symptoms to help you identify whether or not Anxiety is something you should bring up during your appointment.

Signs & Symptoms of Anxiety

Worried man consumed by anxiety

Excessive Worry

You find yourself filled with apprehensive expectations more days than not about one or more activities (like work or school).

a man with mask sitting alone with racing thoughts as a symptom of anxiety

Racing Thoughts

Your mind feels like it’s going too fast to catch up, and you can’t seem to slow it down.

Restless man, slumped on desk in frustration

You Feel Restless or on Edge

Even when you’re doing something relaxing, you feel like you have to be moving or doing something more.

A fatigued man sitting on a couch who gets tired easily because of anxiety

Easily Fatigued

You feel really tired easily, even after you do an activity that you don’t think should be tiring (like dishes or laundry).

a man who is in front of a laptop has a difficulty concentrating at work because of anxiety

Difficulty Concentrating

You have a hard time focusing on what you’re doing because of your racing thoughts.

a man shouting at his mobile phone because of Irritability. This is a symptom of anxiety


You feel easily annoyed or made angry, usually by smaller things that wouldn’t typically bother you as much.

a female sitting on her bed while holding her back because of muscle pain. This is a symptom of anxiety.

Muscle Tension

You’ve noticed that your muscles are usually really tense. This can look like clenching your jaw or clenching your fists.

a woman sitting on a bed, whose sleep was disturbed because of anxiety

Sleep Disturbance

You have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. This is usually because your thoughts are racing.

We’re Here To Help

The anxiety therapists at Ally Psychological Services understand that your anxiety can feel impossible to overcome. We know that you’ve probably already tried a lot of things to help yourself too. When you’re ready to start learning skills and working through your concerns, we’re ready to help. 

Answers to your Anxiety questions

Understanding Anxiety

Yes. Many therapies can treat anxiety, such as CBT, DBT, ACT, and EMDR. You can try to treat your anxiety with those therapies without medication and see if it helps. There are also nutritional supplements that a health care provider can recommend that may help with anxiety.

Anxiety is a normal human emotion, so it will never be totally gone. Instead, anxiety therapy will help reduce how intense and often you experience anxiety. Many clients begin experiencing relief from their anxiety in a matter of weeks.

The recommended treatment for anxiety is a combination of medication and therapy. While everyone has their own preferences and will respond differently, research shows that behavioral therapies like CBT, DBT, EMDR, or ERT can be very effective. Each of these therapies will teach you coping skills that you can use in your daily life to deal with your anxiety.

That depends. For some, anxiety is related directly to a specific event; once that concern resolves, so does the anxiety. For others, anxiety can be more chronic (long-lasting). The good news is that over the course of treatment, many people feel a significant reduction in symptoms and feel more able to manage their anxiety.

It’s important to let your provider know about your obsessive thoughts and rituals, as they may be a sign of a different condition called OCD. Though OCD and Anxiety are related, there are key distinctions between the two. Anxiety includes feeling nervous, irritable, or on edge. OCD is a condition where a person experiences unwanted thoughts or impulses that are obsessive and lead them to compulsive actions in an attempt to reduce the distress that comes with these thoughts.

No. stress and anxiety are two different things, even though symptoms can be very similar. People under stress experience mental and physical symptoms, such as irritability, anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping. Anxiety, on the other hand, is defined by persistent, excessive worries that don’t go away even in the absence of a stressor. The biggest difference is that people with anxiety may experience their symptoms without any specific stressor.

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