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

"Anxiety Unraveled: Understanding, Coping, and Thriving"

In an age marked by perpetual connectivity and ceaseless ambitions, anxiety has silently intertwined itself into the fabric of our everyday existence. Where once the world buzzed at the pace of nature, today's digital acceleration has amplified life's inherent stresses, leading to an unprecedented surge in anxiety disorders globally. Enter "Anxiety Unraveled," a comprehensive guide tailored for individuals and professionals alike, navigating the intricate maze of anxiety, its triggers, and therapeutic interventions.

Course Highlights:

  1. Understanding Anxiety's Spectrum: Anxiety isn't a monolithic condition. It's a spectrum, ranging from occasional nervousness to debilitating phobias. We delve deep into the myriad forms and nuances of anxiety disorders, helping you discern their distinct characteristics.

  2. The Mind-Body Connection: Move beyond age-old dualities as we explore the intrinsic link between our mental well-being and physical health. Understand the physiological ramifications of unchecked anxiety and its cascading impact on the body.

  3. Anatomy of Anxiety: Decode the intricate workings of the human psyche and its physiological responses to external stressors. From adrenaline rushes to panic attacks, unravel the complex machinery of our nervous responses.

  4. Holistic Healing Approaches: While traditional therapies offer valuable insights, we also journey into the realm of alternative medicine, providing a holistic picture of potential healing methodologies.

  5. Tailored Therapeutic Interventions: Every individual's experience with anxiety is unique. Learn to curate personalized therapy strategies attuned to individual needs, be it for yourself, a loved one, or your clients.

  6. Case Studies & Real-world Scenarios: Embark on a journey through real-life stories, understanding the myriad ways in which anxiety can manifest and the success stories of those who've reclaimed their lives.

  7. Empowerment Through Knowledge: This course doesn't merely focus on theoretical knowledge. We equip you with actionable strategies, mindfulness practices, and cognitive-behavioral techniques to counter anxiety's grip.

  8. The Societal Impact: Explore the broader societal implications of the rise in anxiety disorders, from workplace dynamics to family structures, and understand how societal norms might inadvertently perpetuate anxiety.

The word 'anxiety' might conjure images of a worried individual or a nervous twitch, but its realm is vast and varied. From social anxiety that hinders interpersonal relationships to post-traumatic stress that haunts individuals long after the triggering event has passed, anxiety's faces are many.

As we step into the core of this course, our aim is twofold: to dispel myths surrounding anxiety and to empower every participant with the tools and knowledge to face anxiety head-on, fostering a community of informed, compassionate, and resilient individuals.

Join us in this course as we venture beyond mere definitions, immersing ourselves in a transformative journey from understanding to action, from fear to hope, and from surviving to thriving.

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.


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.
  • Lesson 2: General Anxiety Disorder

    In this lesson, you will learn about one of the most common forms of anxiety -- General Anxiety Disorder(GAD).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Additional Course Information

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Course Title: Anxiety Therapy 101
Course Number: 8900220
Lessons Rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars (3,813 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, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 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

Student Testimonials

  • "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.
  • "Very informative, useful course. I learned a tremendous amount of information in a short period of time. A great refresher course!" -- Sharon H.
  • "It was very informative, and I liked learning about everything covered." -- Tonya A.
  • "Very professional and helpful learning." -- Paul L.
  • "the instructor is very helpful, no change needed." -- Joann M.
  • "Excellent instructor." -- Marta C.