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Anxiety is the most common mental illness; nearly everyone will experience it at some point.

Anxiety counseling with Fort Wellness Counseling in Fort Worth is different for everyone, and so is the treatment.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety affects 40 million adults annually. However, over 60% of people struggling with anxiety disorders don’t receive treatment. At Fort Wellness Counseling in Fort Worth, Texas, we have counselors that specialize in treating anxiety.


Anxiety is a treatable condition that affects so many who go untreated.  Anxiety is characterized by tension symptoms where you feel you’re in danger or a misfortunate situation. It is when the body goes into a fight or flight mode because it perceives its life in some form is threatened. 

While fear and anxiety are often used interchangeably, they are distinctly different. Anxiety is considered a future-oriented, long-acting response broadly focused on a diffuse threat. Fear is an appropriate, present-oriented, and short-lived response to an identifiable and specific threats. 

There are several types of anxiety disorders, and symptoms include excessive worrying, especially in situations that are not threatening. Anxiety disorders are treatable. Anxiety is treatable and we have licensed counselors who specialize in treating anxiety in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Many times people experience both anxiety and depression.

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD):

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent and extreme worry about things such as finances, family, health, and career. It causes significant distress or impairment in daily life. People with GAD often expect the worst possible outcome. If you find it difficult to control worrisome thoughts and it has been a few weeks or more, then speaking with a mental health professional can help. GAD affects 6.8 million adults any given year.

A few common signs and symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD):

  • Feeling irritable and restless
  • Get startled easily
  • Excessive sweating and lightheadedness
  • Difficulty with sleep (insomnia or fatigue)
  • Excessively worry about daily things
  • Inability to control nervousness and worries

Panic Attacks:

Panic Attack a sudden or abrupt surge of intense fear and anxiety, sometimes including a fear of losing control, that is accompanied by physical symptoms such as accelerated heart rate, sweating, dizziness, and shortness of breath. A panic attack is an exaggeration of your body’s normal response to danger. Stress is one of the most common triggers for panic attacks and many of the symptoms can be quite frightening and escalate quickly.

A few common signs and symptoms of Panic Attakcs:

  • Shaking uncontrollably
  • Intense heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Sweating
  • Feelings of disorientation

Panic Disorder:

Panic Disorder occurs when you have recurring and unexpected panic attacks, so that you continuously worry about having another attack. You may also change your behavior to avoid situations that you associate with panic attacks. If you feel extreme stress and anxiety especially about your next panic attack then there is a chance that you have panic disorder.

A few common signs and symptoms of Panic Disorder include the following:

  • Repeated panic attacks with overwhelming fear and anxiety
  • Often worrying about when the next panic attack will hit
  • Avoiding the places where panic attacks have happened
  • Feeling completely out of control
  • Physical symptoms like chest pain, sweating, rapid heart rate, trembling, nausea, and chills.

Social Anxiety Disorder:

Social Anxiety Disorder is characterized by a severe fear of social situations, like meeting new people or eating in public, so much so that you avoid those situations and may experience panic attacks when social situations can’t be avoided. Generally social anxiety starts during late childhood and can resemble extreme shyness or avoidance of social interactions.

When someone with social anxiety disorder has to perform in front of a group of people, some symptoms that can surface include:

  • Lose train of thought; mind starts going blank
  • Speak softly to an extreme and avoid eye contact
  • Fear of being watched and negative judgment from others
  • Feel sick to the stomach
  • Overthink and self-judge after performing in front of others


A phobia is a fear of an object or situation that becomes a significant problem because it prevents you from participating in routine activities, causing distress or impairment. Phobias are more intense than fears, and they occur when a person has significant and unrealistic fears around danger or a situation. Phobias are persistent, uncontrollable and irrational.

Common Phobias:

  • Agoraphobia is when you avoid places and situations for fear of being trapped and unable to escape..
  • Claustrophobia is fear of confined and tight spaces
  • Acrophobia is the fear of heights.
  • Aerophobia is the fear of flying.
  • Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common and long-lasting disorder where a person has uncontrollable repetitive thoughts that leads to repetitive behaviors. When OCD goes untreated the behaviors can cause problems at work, school, with relationships, and ultimately cause self distress. The first step for treatment is to talk to a mental health professional who specializes in OCD.

A few common signs and symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder include:

  • Obsessions (repeated thoughts, anxiety provoking mental images, intense urges)
  • Compulsions (repetitive behaviors due to obsessive thoughts)
  • Inability to control thoughts or behaviors
  • Experiences daily problems due to the excessive thoughts
  • Avoids situations that trigger the obsessive thoughts and behaviors

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that is associated with disturbing and frightening events. People with PTSD may relive the traumatic experiences through nightmares and flashbacks. Sometimes PTSD can develop months and years after the event. PTSD affects 9 million adults in the United States.

A few common signs and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) include:

  • Depression, anxiety, and substance use.
  • Actively avoid places and people who trigger the overwhelming symptoms.
  • Trouble recalling the event and feeling numb, guilty, and worried
  • Feeling disconnected from their body and like the world isn’t real
  • Intensely startled, especially by things that resemble the trauma.
  • Anger outbursts and difficulty with sleep.

When to reach out for help with anxiety. Our Fort Worth Therapists are here to help.

It is normal for people to feel anxious but recover within days or a couple of weeks. People who experience fear and anxiety for weeks and find it interrupting their daily lives should reach out for support. Finding a mental health professional experienced in anxiety disorders can perform diagnostic assessments and provide treatment.


Some facts and statistics stated by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the National Institute of Mental Health state:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) affects 6.8 million adults or 3.1% of the U.S. population, yet only 43.2% receive treatment.
  • Women are twice as likely to be affected as men. GAD often co-occurs with major depression.
  • Panic Disorder (PD) affects 6 million adults or 2.7% of the U.S. population.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) affects 15 million adults or 7.1% of the U.S. population. SAD is equally common among men and women and typically begins around age 13, and 36% of people with social anxiety disorder report experiencing symptoms for ten or more years before seeking help.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are closely related to anxiety disorders, which some may experience simultaneously, along with depression. OCD affects 2.5 million adults or 1.2% of the U.S. population. Women are 3x more likely to be affected than men. The average age of onset is 19, with 25% of cases occurring by age 14. One-third of affected adults first experienced symptoms in childhood.
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)affects 7.7 million adults or 3.6% of the U.S. population.


Common Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Muscles become tense
  • Breathing is faster
  • Feeling nervous or restless
  • Feelings of tension
  • Worried thoughts
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Coldness or numbness
  • Recurring intrusive thoughts
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Avoidance of certain situations out of worry
  • Sweating, trembling, or dizziness
  • Panic or fear
  • Tingling in hands or feet
  • Increased irritability
  • Sleep problems
  • Inability to control worry

Treatment for Anxiety Disorders at Fort Wellness Counseling in Fort Worth, Texas

The two main treatments for anxiety disorders are medication and psychotherapy and often it’s a combination of the two.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most common form of psychotherapy for anxiety disorders. It teaches specific coping skills to improve anxiety symptoms.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) helps to identify irrational and negative thought patterns. It teaches you how to replace the thoughts with positive thoughts and how to develop healthy emotional self-regulation.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based, structured therapy approach that enables the brain to naturally heal itself through bilateral stimulation (eye movements). EMDR is designed to unprocessed traumatic memories and does not focus on talking in detail about the trauma.

BRAINSPOTTING is a brain-based therapy approach that utilizes points within a person’s visual field to focus on, also known as mindful focusing. The founder of brainspotting, David Grand Ph.D., found that where you look affects how you feel. Through brainspotting you’re able to treat unprocessed trauma.

Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) is an evidence-based therapy that uses rapid eye-movement (REM) as treatment for trauma, phobias, fears, self-esteem, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. It removes negative images and replaces them with positive images so they are no longer triggering.

Medication is often used to help treat anxiety disorders in conjunction with psychotherapy. If the therapist you are working with thinks that your anxiety is significant enough to consider an evaluation to determine if medication is necessary, we will be able to refer you to a qualified psychiatrist and mental health provider in the area.


If anxiety is preventing you from enjoying everyday activities, it may be time to find help. Reach out and schedule an appointment with one of our Fort Worth Counselors at Fort Wellness Counseling in Fort Worth, Texas.

Fort Wellness Counseling in Fort Worth
Therapists Specializing in Anxiety Counseling

Rane Wallace

Rane Wallace, MS, LPC, LCDC, SAP

Growing up, Rane always loved taking things apart and putting them back together. This affinity for figuring out how things work now translates into his innate ability of helping clients understand why they see things the way they do.

Karen Blandino

Karen Blandino MEd, LPC

Karen Blandino, MEd, LPC has over a decade of experience in helping individuals, couples, and families as a therapist. She works with teenagers, and adults and specializes in anxiety, depression, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder, religious/spiritual trauma, narcissistic abuse, and trauma.

Hannah Causey

Hannah Causey, MA, LPC

As a therapist, she strongly believes in learning from integrative and holistic approaches to benefit and strengthen the mind-body connection. Hannah works with all ages – which includes children, preteen, teenagers, and adults.

Kim Garrett Fort Wellness Counseling


Kim has extensive experience and has worked for over 30 years in a variety of clinical settings. She's experienced in an array of topics and is very well respected by her colleagues. She is known for her specialties and expertise in trauma, anxiety, depression, and grief.