Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in America. They affect 31.9% of adolescents and 19.1% of adults. At Kensington Wellness Mental Health Counseling, the team of experienced counselors offers exceptional anxiety care to people aged 12 and older in the New York City, New York, community. You may benefit from medication, innovative psychotherapy, or various self-soothing techniques. Call the office today or request a consultation online to schedule your virtual appointment.

Anxiety Q & A

What is anxiety? 

Anxiety often manifests as generalized feelings of uneasiness but may develop into panic attacks and phobias. 

If you have anxiety, you may experience intense feelings of worry that last for longer than six months. Stress or dread around school, work, health, pregnancy, finances, or relationships may be the source of your or your family member’s anxiety. 

Brain chemistry, family history, and trauma may contribute to anxiety. Women are more than twice as likely as men to experience an anxiety disorder. Hormonal changes, like during a menstrual cycle, can be a trigger. 

How do I know if I have anxiety?

Common physical symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Racing or pounding heart 
  • Hot flashes 
  • Shortness of breath or hyperventilation 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle aches or pain
  • Trembling or sweating 
  • Insomnia 
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Upset stomach, diarrhea, or frequent urination

You may have panic disorder if any of these symptoms appear suddenly and without an apparent trigger. 

Emotional signs of anxiety can include: 

  • Apprehension or dread
  • Overthinking 
  • Restlessness 
  • Irritability 
  • Tenseness 
  • Believing a situation is threatening when it isn’t 
  • Trouble focusing 

Teenagers with anxiety may avoid social situations or overly worry about school assignments or performance. 

What are my anxiety treatment options? 

Kensington Wellness Mental Health Counseling is passionate about treating anxiety holistically with a combination of treatments. 


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) are forms of talk therapy that help you understand anxiety triggers and accept thoughts and feelings without judgment. 

Psychodynamic therapy can help you understand how your childhood or past may be the root of your anxiety. That can help you understand unconscious cycles and create conscious and healthy ways of managing fears and worries. 

If your anxiety has led to a phobia, your provider may suggest exposure therapy. That helps you engage safely with situations or objects you fear. 

They may also encourage self-soothing tools like yoga, meditation, breath-work, or outside support groups.


Antidepressants like Lexapro®, Zoloft®, and Prozac® can alleviate anxiety and improve your mood. Benzodiazepines, such as Xanax® and Valium,® can be addictive, so your provider may only prescribe them for acute anxiety.

Call Kensington Wellness Mental Health Counseling today to learn more about anxiety treatment or book a consultation online.