Anxiety is defined as the experience of feeling fear in the absence of an actual threat.

You may say to yourself “I’m anxious about things that could actually happen or that might actually happen in the future and isn’t that an actual threat?”

The answer is not really.

An actual threat occurs when a predator or other traumatic event is occurring in the moment; the emotion related to an actual experience for that happens is called fear. Anxiety is in the fear family of emotions because you are perceiving a threat.

Anxiety is harmful because it prompts a fight/flight/or freeze response prompting a hormonal cascade allowing a person to respond to a potential predator. This hormonal cascade is harmful because it sets off physiological reactions which is why anxiety physically feels bad.

If you are experiencing anxiety more often then you like, make an appointment. Anxiety-related concerns are actually among the easiest for a psychologist to treat and have the best outcomes in the shortest amount of time.

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Dr. Kaia Calbeck underwent her doctoral training at the University of Miami’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Her dissertation received a prestigious Award of Academic Merit. She began her graduate studies at the University of Kentucky, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Calbeck started her academic career at the University of Florida, where she graduated Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She majored in Psychology, with a minor in Anthropology, and an outside concentration in Dance Performance.

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