We have all experienced anxiety at some point in our lives, whether that be before an important job interview, a fight with a friend, or during a first date. Anxiety is a natural response to stress in our environment, and to a certain degree, is necessary for us to function adaptively- sometimes we need to feel that rush of adrenaline to act fast in the face of danger or to keep us on our toes in a given situation. However, sometimes the anxiety response can be exaggerated or over-activated which can interfere with our daily functioning. When anxiety gets to that point, it is no longer adaptive and needs to be addressed.
SIGNS ANXIETY MAY BE A PROBLEM:
It is there all the time
It is difficult to control or manage
It comes unexpectedly without a clear reason
It occurs even after the situation or problem has been resolved
It is creating a lot of physical symptoms
It prevents you from living your life
The good news- anxiety is treatable!
TREATMENT FOR ANXIETY
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a proven effective treatment for anxiety and anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Through a combination of identifying triggers, understanding how your thoughts influence your feelings, behaviours, and physical sensations, and developing effective coping strategies, therapy can help you manage your anxiety better and regain control of your life.