Anxiety

Do you feel excessive amounts of worry? Do you have difficulty controlling those feelings? If so, you’re not alone.

We all experience anxiety from time to time, but if left unchecked, anxiety can become a debilitating experience for many people. If this is the case for you, it is important to seek out help to get back on track and learn to manage your anxiety.

Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety disorders can present themselves in a variety of ways, but there are a number of symptoms that, together, point to a diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Symptoms of anxiety include the following

  • Excessive thoughts of worry about the future

  • Rumination over things we can’t control

  • Sleep problems

  • Shortness of breath

  • Muscle tension

  • Racing heart

  • Avoidance of activities or situations that are a part of life

What can you do to manage anxiety?

The most important thing you can do for anxiety is reach out for mental health support. Treatment options for anxiety vary, depending on the type of anxiety you have. In general, the treatment options for those with anxiety are psychotherapy and medication in the form of antidepressants. While these can be helpful, some people find themselves not responding well to medication or are looking for a natural alternative.

How can therapy help?

There are many different types of talk based therapies that can help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) teaches skills to manage the thoughts and behaviours that lead to anxiety. Mindfulness based approaches support somatic and awareness strategies to regulate emotions and stay present. Biofeedback interventions like EEG neurofeedback or Heart Rate Variability Training teach the body and the nervous system to be in a state of calm.

Our therapists are trained in different evidence based therapies that will help you feel better. Reach out for a free consultation.

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Did you know?

In 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians (11.6%) aged 18 years or older reported that they had a mood and/or anxiety disorder.

More than a quarter (27%) reported that their disorder(s) affected their life “quite a bit” or “extremely” in the previous 12 months. Basic activities and the ability to work are challenging for many.

(Government of Canada, 2014)