Online Class: Anxiety Therapy 101

In this course, you will gain a thorough understanding of anxiety in all of its manifestations, as well as learn proven therapies, strategies, and techniques from both traditional and alternative medicine that can help relieve anxiety when it happens.

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Course Description

Welcome to "Anxiety Therapy". In today's hyper-stimulated society, more people than ever are suffering from the inability to process stress, trauma- and even daily life with ease. This has led to a sharp increase in anxiety related conditions and has made it necessary for both the common person, as well as professionals to learn about beneficial coping strategies and therapies to minimize the impact.

In this course, you will gain a thorough understanding of anxiety in all of its manifestations, as well as learn proven therapies from both traditional and alternative medicine. Focus is placed on the accurate identification of specific anxiety disorders, their probable causes and understanding the specific treatment options for each, which is best able to facilitate good mental and bodily health.

When the average person thinks about the term "anxiety," often what may come to mind is a person who worries excessively, or who may have a nervous habit or tick. And while these can be manifestations of anxiety, this type of condition can include symptoms that far exceed general nervousness. If left untreated, some forms of anxiety can venture into the realm of being harmful, or can even lead to accidental death or suicide.  

Life is fraught with frustrations, stress, and occasional disappointments. It is normal to feel bouts of anxiety at times. However, when the worry or fear becomes constant or immobilizing, it has turned from being a healthy form of caution and self-preservation, to a condition in need of attention. Similarly, a person may have an aversion to something -- such as a snake or specific type of food. However, if that aversion turns into an uncontrollable and irrational fear where they imagine snakes at every turn, or develop an eating disorder, treatment should be sought immediately. 

What is Anxiety?

The human body is an amazing vessel that carries out thousands of operations every minute. Despite early thoughts that the mind is separate from the body, ongoing research shows an undeniable link between our mental, emotional, and physical states. And while stress is a normal part of life, a consistent inability to cope with everyday stressors, or experiencing persistent fear or worry, is a sign of a bigger problem.

People suffering from chronic clinical anxiety experience worry, fear, or specific phobias to the extent that it affects their ability to maintain a level attitude and function normally. This may manifest as an aversion to socializing, fear of specific places or things, a reaction to past trauma, or an overwhelming general sense of sadness and worry. There are many forms of anxiety which have been identified and we will cover the major categories throughout this course.

Course Motivation

What Causes Anxiety?

There are many factors that can potentially influence the development of anxiety. Some of these are internal biological factors, while others are external.

Chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters and hormones are among the internal elements that influence mood and anxiety. Both of these work to transmit signals from the brain and regulate physical, mental, and emotional health. Any imbalance in these critical brain chemicals has the potential to dramatically alter mood and interfere with a person's ability to cope with stress or trauma effectively. This can account for the sudden or progressively erratic behavior shown by some individuals experiencing severe anxiety or depression.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers produced inside a neuron, which travel and attach themselves to the receptor points of cells and other neurons. Neurotransmitters are classified as two main types: Excitatory neurotransmitters, which cause the neuron or cell to fire or produce an action (example -- adrenaline) and Inhibitory neurotransmitters, which cause the neuron to suppress an action (example -- serotonin).

When a neurotransmitter is triggered because of fear or uncertainty, the brain secretes adrenaline, also known as epinephrine. This is both a neurotransmitter and a hormone, which affects almost every part of the body. Adrenaline is the chief chemical messenger responsible for activating the body's "fight or flight" mechanism, which is activated in the presence of danger.

Adrenaline is a beneficial substance, as it keeps us out of harm's way and provides an extra boost of energy to get through trying times. However, in modern times there seems to be a never-ending barrage of stimulation, which triggers the body's stress response and provides a perpetual flow of adrenaline. Over time, a state of hyperactivity, anxiety, and even paranoia can result.

A hormone is also a chemical messenger that travels through the bloodstream and delivers instructions to various cells and organs, letting them know when to stop, start, or accelerate a process. In addition to impacting mental and emotional balance, hormones regulate hunger, fat storage, sleep and other functions. An inability for hormones to work as needed can cause both mental and physical problems that can lead to anxiety.

Take, for example, the hormone melatonin. This powerful hormone is manufactured in the pineal gland, which is located in the brain. Melatonin is responsible for regulating the body's internal time clock, as well as its biological clock. One component of this is sleep cycle regulation. However if there is a disruption of melatonin production, this can lead to restlessness and eventually insomnia -- the inability to fall asleep even when tired. As you can imagine, chronic sleep deprivation can lead to severe irritability, forgetfulness, and anxiety.


In addition to irregularities in the internal workings of the body, outside elements, such as stress, diet and trauma can all influence our emotional state and set the stage for the development of an anxiety disorder.

Common Types of Anxiety

Anxiety presents itself in many forms, but the most common forms, as defined by the National Institute for Mental Health, are:


  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Social Phobia
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Other forms of anxiety include agoraphobia, childhood anxiety, separation anxiety, and various eating disorders. A person can develop anxiety or a phobia for any reason and it may not necessarily be mentioned in the list above. However, throughout this course, you will learn about a broad range of therapies that can be beneficial in addressing most cases of anxiety.


Anxiety is the inability to process and respond effectively to the ups and downs of everyday life. People with anxiety are chronically worried and anxious about real events, but also about events and threats that are unfounded. Anxiety comes in many forms and can be triggered by a number of things, including brain chemical imbalance, trauma, abuse, and diet.

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: Introduction to Anxiety

Life is fraught with frustrations, stress, and occasional disappointments. It is normal to feel bouts of anxiety at times. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Do you suffer from anxiety?; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introduction
  • Complete Assignment: Do You Have Anxiety?
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: General Anxiety Disorder

In this lesson, you will learn about one of the most common forms of anxiety -- General Anxiety Disorder(GAD). 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

In this lesson, you will learn about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which is more common than most people think and is composed of both a mental and physical component. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Panic Disorder

In this lesson, you will learn about panic disorders, how they differ from regular panic attacks, and how they are best treated. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Social Anxiety Disorder

In this lesson, you will learn more about social anxiety disorder, also known as social phobia. This is a condition that affects more people than most realize, and can present in three specific ways. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

In this lesson, you will gain a better understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the many ways in which it can manifest. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Childhood Anxiety

In this lesson, you will learn about the types of anxiety specific to children and how situations such as divorce, bullying, and death can affect a child's emotional and mental development. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Anxiety and Eating Disorders

In this lesson, you will come to learn how anxiety can affect thinking patterns to the point of developing an eating disorder. 44 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what an anxiety disorder is and how it can be triggered.
  • Identify Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and how to cope with them.
  • Describe panic disorders and social anxiety disorders and how to deal with them.
  • Describe and identify Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and ways to cope with them.
  • Describe what childhood anxiety is and how it manifests itself in children.
  • Recognize anxiety and eating disorders and how to cope with these disorders and seek professional help.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Anxiety Therapy 101
Course Number: 8900220
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (3,720 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: June 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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  • "This course was educational and informative. The lessons, supplemental resources, and videos included in this course were all very helpful. The course itself is great and I can't think of anything to add or include to it." -- Donnie A.
  • "As a person with anxiety, I felt this course was informative even to me regarding information I did not know." -- Anastasia P.
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