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Anxiety, Stress and Worry

Anxiety controls and dominates us. Even the most rational person can become a victim of anxiety. It affects our quality of life and complicates our relationships. Do you find yourself worrying too much about too many things? Are you afraid that something awful might happen or are, in fact, worrying about worrying? Patients interested in determining their level of anxiety and worry can take the Patient Health Questionnaire as part of their treatment orientation.

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How the Body Remembers

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Why Can’t I Stop Worrying?

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