Anxiety is really common, so if you're struggling, you're definitely not alone. Everyone's experienced anxiety at some point in their lives, and at times it can actually be helpful. When we feel under threat (e.g., if we're baled up by an unfamiliar dog) our anxiety response produces a release of adrenaline and stress hormones that trigger autonomic nervous system reactions and physiological changes that prepare us to run, freeze, or fight. This type of anxiety generally lasts long enough for the threat to pass (e.g., the dog gives a friendly lick). However, for some people, fear, worry, and feelings of being under threat are unrelenting, distressing, and exhausting companions. When anxiety and stress are interfering with you living life in ways that matter to you, then reaching out for support is a terrific first step towards meaningful, doable, lasting change. At Blue Mountains Anxiety Clinic we offer assessment, treatment, skills training, and general mental health support for young people and adults experiencing anxiety-based concerns.