On our last First Friday, March 1st, Dr. Lenka Glassman, PsyD. delivered a presentation on anxiety to our Take Five community. Dr. Glassman divided her presentation into three parts: Body, Thoughts, and Behaviors. She explained that anxiety can be experienced as physical pain in various parts of the body (for example: neck, shoulders, and back) and it happens when the limbic system becomes hyper-activated.
An expert in Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Dr. Glassman pointed out that anxiety can be experienced as obsessive thoughts that manifest in ritualistic behaviors. Racing thoughts and insomnia are other ways that anxiety manifests in our minds, she explained. Dr. Glassman cited Mindfulness practice, Yoga, Progressive Muscle Relaxation (a meditation technique), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as treatments for anxiety. She also emphasized that it is important to take action and face our fears, because anxiety feeds on uncertainty and avoidance. Avoiding situational anxiety raises long term symptoms. We are so thankful to Dr. Glassman for taking the time to speak to us and are looking forward to more. -Katie Toner