Having anxiety can feel difficult, overwhelming, and, sometimes, hopeless - but there is hope. Psychologists have effectively been able to treat anxiety using various methods that help rationalize why you are feeling anxious, and provide valuable coping mechanisms to help you feel better one day at a time.

Therapy for Anxiety

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural response to threatening situations or unknown outcomes. Getting nervous leading up to or during special events such as taking a test, public speaking, moving to a new place, or starting a new job, is completely normal. Ordinary anxiety comes and goes, but does not get in the way of living a normal life.

 

Anxiety disorders are different in that no real danger or threat is present, yet you experience a full fear response. The feeling is similar to being chased by a dangerous animal, you may feel threatened and ready to either fight or flee, but instead of it being a dangerous animal, the anxiety is triggered by that social event you have to go to, the poorly organized bookshelf, or looking at your finances.

A trained psychologist can help you navigate the fear, learn about why it is triggered, and find effective coping skills to help you reduce the feelings of anxiety on day at a time.

The response becomes an anxiety disorder when it happens when there is no real threat or nerve-wrecking event to worry about. Anxiety disorders can create such interfering and debilitating fear that it gets in the way of living healthy and productive lives.

This type of anxiety can cause people to frequently quit their jobs, avoid social gatherings, end relationships, avoid hobbies they would normally enjoy, and in extreme cases even avoid leaving the house all together.

How is an Anxiety Disorder Different from a Healthy Fear Response?

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Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Persistent Worrying

  • Increased Heart Rate

  • Rapid or irregular breathing

  • Irritability

  • Restless

  • Concentration Issues

  • Insomnia

  • Nervous fidgeting

Treatments that work on anxiety?

Many therapies have shown to be effective in treating anxiety, including eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR), cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy, mindfulness, solution focused therapy and more.

Types of Anxiety

Disorders

  • Generalized Anxiety

  • Panic Disorder

  • Phobias

  • Social Anxiety

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Separation Anxiety

  • Posttraumatic stress Disorder (PTSD)