Anxiety

“I have never known anything more quietly loud than anxiety”

― Rupi Kaur

About

Anxiety can be a normal part of life – in the right amount, it can motivate us to face difficult challenges and circumstances, stimulate creativity and action, and can help maximize our performance. However, anxiety works against individuals living with anxiety disorders, which often includes frequent, intense and persistent fear and worry that negatively impacts one’s day to day life and functioning. Individuals diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Panic Disorder, can experience episodes of sudden panic, intense anxiety and terror that can peak within minutes. Other kinds of anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, is characterized by excessive worry or fear about activities and events that negatively impact daily life and functioning. The worry is often out of proportion to the actual circumstance, is hard to control, and can often co-occurs with other disorders (“comorbid”), such as major depressive disorder (MDD).

Common Symptoms

The experience of an anxiety disorder often includes BOTH physical and mental symptoms.

Some of the physical symptoms include:

Lightheadedness; headaches, rapid heartbeat; chest pain/tightness; dry mouth, upset stomach and indigestion, feelings of restlessness, dizziness, muscle tension, tingling pins and needles; and cold and clammy hands.

Some of the mental symptoms of anxiety include:

Insomnia, agitation, difficulty remembering things, inability to concentrate, sense of detachment from the world around you, feeling fearful and self conscious, and difficulties in verbalizing things you are trying to say!

Treatment

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy teaches individuals to manage their symptoms ands been shown to be as effective as medication in treating anxiety. CBT teaches individuals to challenge their anxiety-related thoughts, feelings and beliefs and upgrade them to a new template that works better for them! Oftentimes, a “toolbox” is created that is unique to each client that they can draw upon when anxiety surges so that they can regain control of their anxiety so that it no longer persists.

Get in Touch

Anxiety is a VERY common issue – up to 1 in 4 people have experienced it in their lifetime!

Mission Hill Psychology specializes in the treatment of anxiety and related concerns. If anxiety continues to linger, reach out to us to book in for a 15-minute consultation to see how we can help!