Anxiety is not just worrying, or having “butterflies” in your stomach. Anxiety can actually be at the root of other conditions, such as panic, insomnia, attention-deficit disorders…even psychosomatic disorders (headaches, stomach aches, back aches). In many instances, someone suffering with anxiety will develop maladaptive coping skills that lead to avoiding people, places, and specific interactions (making a speech, riding mass transit, asking a question). Making plans “around” anxiety is a full-time job requiring the type of hyper vigilance that does not allow much rest. The changes in our level of adrenalin, our quickening pulse, and our racing thoughts…all of this is exhausting. However, anxiety can be reduced and managed through several types of stress reduction therapy. And often times, people see results within a relatively short period of time.