Psychologist located in Tampa, FL


Anxiety is a normal response to certain situations. However, if you experience anxiety daily that interferes with your everyday routine, you may need treatment for an anxiety disorder. Jeffrey Morris, PsyD, at Morris Therapy Services, PLLC in Tampa, Florida, has the expertise and experience to diagnose and treat your anxiety. Don’t hesitate to book a free consultation with Dr. Morris. Call or use the online booking tool today.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety occurs when you have an emotional response to stress or a perceived threat. It's your body's way of preparing to face a challenging situation, often referred to as the "fight or flight" response. However, when anxiety becomes excessive or prolonged, it can develop into a mental health disorder. 

Anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and specific phobias. These disorders involve excessive, irrational worry and fear that disrupt daily life.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Recognizing anxiety symptoms can help you know when to seek help so you can manage the condition. Common anxiety symptoms include:

  • Excessive worry (constant, uncontrollable, and irrational concerns about various aspects of life)
  • Physical symptoms (restlessness, sweating, trembling, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath)
  • Cognitive symptoms (racing thoughts, difficulty concentrating, fear of impending doom or disaster)
  • Behavioral changes (avoiding situations or places that trigger anxiety, as well as seeking reassurance excessively)
  • Sleep disturbances (difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, experiencing restless sleep)

If you experience any of these symptoms, call Morris Therapy Services, PLLC, to get the help you need.

What causes anxiety?

Anxiety disorders are complex conditions with various contributing factors, such as genetics, making you more susceptible if the condition is in your family history. Imbalances in neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine can also be contributing factors. 

Environmental elements like experiencing stressful life events, trauma, or prolonged chronic stress, may trigger anxiety. In addition, certain personality traits, like perfectionism or being an overthinker, can heighten vulnerability to anxiety. 

Specific medical conditions or medications can also be associated with developing or exacerbating anxiety. 

A comprehensive evaluation can accurately diagnose and address your anxiety disorders.

How is anxiety treated?

Effective approaches to treating anxiety include:


Psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), helps identify and manage anxious thoughts and behaviors.


Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can alleviate symptoms for some people.

Lifestyle changes

Exercising, eating a balanced diet, getting adequate sleep, and implementing stress management techniques can reduce anxiety.

Relaxation techniques

Meditation, deep breathing exercises, and progressive muscle relaxation can help manage anxiety symptoms.

Support groups

Sharing experiences with others can provide valuable emotional support and coping strategies.

If you find that anxiety is disrupting your life, call Morris Therapy Services, PLLC, today or book an appointment online when you’re ready. Your first 15-minute telephone consultation is free.