Anxiety Disorders (including panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder) Some degree of anxiety and nervousness is normal and affects every one of us. The reactions of your mind and body are part of normal functioning. Anxiety becomes problematic when it is excessive, persistent and disproportionate to the actual circumstances that exist. These problems might include: worrying thoughts; intense dislike or fear of situations (or avoidance of situations); panic episodes or panic attacks arising out of the blue conflicting feelings; unpleasant memories or intrusive thoughts. Therapy offers a warm, empathic, safe and confidential environment in which the therapist helps you understand the underlying causes and triggers of your anxiety, both conscious and unconscious.