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Anxiety is something that effects everyone at some point in their lives. Some people seldom experience it, but for others, it is something that is constant. Anxiety is often described as unrealistic and excessive worry that is difficult to control that occurs for days or longer. Feeling on edge, having shortness or breath, tiredness, and shakiness are signs of anxiety.

Anxiety can drastically effect your everyday life. When it gets to a point where it is overwhelming it may be time to seek out help. Counselors are a great resource. They can teach relaxation skills as well as others to help cope with anxiety. The goal of counseling is to combat the feelings of anxiety and teach new skills in order to effectively cope with the anxiety as well as the symptoms that come along with it.

Please visit to learn more about the many counseling services we offer. You can also call 813-244-1251 for any questions or to set up an appointment with one of our many great therapists!

The Shy Child vs. The Socially Anxious Child

It is relatively common to find children clinging to their parents at a young age. Parents usually say, “He/She is a shy child.” The question is, is the child shy or do they have social anxiety? The child’s social anxiety may be misinterpreted as shyness. Here are some behaviors to look for that may point to social anxiety. The child:

-May make limited or no eye contact.

-May exhibit hypersensitivity to criticism, rejection, and disapproval.

-May need excessive reassurance of being liked or approved by others.

– May have limited or no close friendships outside of family members.

If you see some of these behaviors in your child it may be helpful if you place your child in new social settings and encourage them to interact with their peers. It would be beneficial if you help your child in the development of social skills that will help them become more comfortable with social interactions.

It may be beneficial to talk to a counselor and learn how to reinforce positive social interaction skills for your child and for the child to learn how to socialize in a way that they do not fear the interaction.

Visit to learn more about our counseling services or call 813-244-1251 to schedule an appointment with one or our great therapists today!

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