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Relief from Anxiety and Stress in Los Angeles with Dr. Thomas Hughes

Managing the fight or flight response

Fight or flight is a natural, instinctive response, designed to keep us safe in dangerous situations. When you’re faced with a wolf and need to flee, this response can save your life. However, when you’re faced with an awkward social encounter, the fight or flight response is less helpful.

Many people with anxiety disorders get stuck in the fight or flight cycle. They experience persistent feelings of panic, often interfering with their ability to thrive in work, school, and social situations. More than a third of the U.S. population will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their lifetime. If stress and anxiety are controlling your life, treatment can help. Dr. Thomas Hughes is an expert psychiatrist that specializes in helping teens and young adults overcome anxiety in Los Angeles, CA. Thrive in the face of anxiety. Call us at 213-433-2823 [-CUBE] and start making changes today.

The Link Between Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety and stress go hand in hand, each building off of the other. Stress is how the body reacts to difficult situations. It is an emotional and physical response that helps the mind to stay alert and keeps the body prepared to act. A little stress is a good thing, but when stress becomes constant, without periods of rest to recover, it can lead to adverse emotional and physical effects.

Anxiety is a reaction to stress. Worry about stress can cause people to try and avoid it. This avoidance often manifests as anxiety. As people worry about potentially stressful situations, they may become overly invested in trying to manage them.

Anxiety can be stressful, and stress leads to anxiety. When you get stuck in this vicious cycle, it can be difficult to break free without help.

Symptoms of Anxiety

What does anxiety feel like? Symptoms of stress and anxiety include:

  • Feeling nervous
  • Restlessness
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea, upset stomach, and other gastrointestinal issues
  • Avoiding things that trigger worry

Experiencing symptoms on this list doesn’t mean you have an anxiety disorder. Stress is a normal part of daily life. If you’re getting ready to do a big presentation, having a few butterflies in your stomach is expected. When these symptoms are persistent or are interfering with your life, it can be a sign of an anxiety disorder.

If you’re having trouble managing your stress or anxiety, seek advice from a licensed professional. 

When You Need Help- Anxiety Treatment in Los Angeles

Anxiety often co-occurs with other psychiatric disorders and conditions, including substance abuse, depression, and internet gaming disorder. Living with constant stress and worry can be exhausting. Many people turn to unhealthy habits to find relief.

How do you know when it’s time to seek treatment for your anxiety? Reach out for help if:

Getting Professional Help for Your Anxiety

Dr. Hughes uses the CUBE approach for treating many anxiety disorders and other concerns in teens and young adults living in Los Angeles.  His approach is based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, an evidenced based and highly effective therapy technique for many psychological conditions.



Connect – Dr. Hughes strives to make a connection with patients to build the foundation for successful therapy.


Uplift – Change is easier when you feel good about yourself and your options. Dr. Hughes focuses on creating a positive environment so patients can feel better about their behavior and their situation.


Build – Significant changes are possible when you have the right tools. Dr. Hughes works with his patients to give them the tools for success. These tools enable patients to address challenges and make positive changes. These methods will last a lifetime, serving patients long after the last therapy session with Dr. Hughes.


Empower – The end-goal of treatment is self-sufficiency. We help our patients find out who they are and how they can move towards a more positive and successful future.

Each patient will receive a personalized treatment plan to address their specific challenges and concerns. Treating anxiety is a process and his approach has found great success helping patients manage their stress and anxiety in safe and healthy ways.

Frequently Asked Questions About Anxiety and Stress

Stress is a part of daily life and is common amongst teens and young adults. High school and college are challenging environments, and young people are under intense amounts of pressure. Many teens need tools to navigate and thrive in these settings. Seeking help for your child’s anxiety can help them to build a solid foundation for success now and in adulthood. Anxiety may increase the risk of substance abuse and other disorders like depression, so seeking prompt treatment is essential.

Hughes takes a balanced approach to medication for treating anxiety. He realizes that medication can be a helpful tool, but it is merely one option out of many. Unless medication is urgently needed, Dr. Hughes likes to explore other options first. For many children and teens, medication isn’t necessary. If we do decide to use a medication, Dr. Hughes will carefully discuss the desired treatment, outlining the pros and cons so you can make an informed decision.

Treating anxiety can take time, but many teens and young adults start seeing progress quickly after beginning treatment. Contact Dr. Hughes to get started. The sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you’ll find relief.

Therapy isn’t permanent. While anxiety can be a lifelong condition, many patients learn to manage it without the need for regular therapy. Our goal is to prepare our patients to thrive and succeed in the world without us. The number of sessions needed will vary, but from your very first session, we’ll begin to empower you with tools so you can manage your anxiety on your own.

Anxiety is prevalent in teens and young adults. They live in a high-pressure world and stress is widespread. It is also very treatable. When teens have the tools they need to deal with stress healthily, they can succeed, even in intensely stressful situations.

Treatment for anxiety and stress in Los Angeles is available. Contact Dr. Thomas Hughes to explore your options or to schedule a first visit.