We specialize in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety, Health Anxiety and Panic Disorders. If you have been diagnosed with any of these disorders or are experiencing worry, fear, panic, intrusive thoughts or have difficulties with the physical symptoms of anxiety, know that you can enjoy life once again. We encourage you to read the following general information about anxiety disorders and to book an appointment.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Individuals may demonstrate signs of anxiety if they are constantly feeling worried, have excessive anxious thoughts, become fearful of situations and avoid events because they trigger unpleasant feelings, thoughts, and physical symptoms. Individuals with anxiety may be worried and experience a ‘fight or flight’ response to challenging situations. Anxiety symptoms become a concern when they restrict one’s life and daily activities.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that interfere with day-to-day activities may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder. Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be a long-term challenge. In many cases, it occurs along with other anxiety or mood disorders.*
A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, individuals may think they are losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.*
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead you to do repetitive behaviours (compulsions). Some individuals may only have obsessions or compulsions but have still been diagnosed with the disorder*
Everyday social interactions can cause significant anxiety, fear, self-consciousness and embarrassment because individuals fear being scrutinized or judged by others.*
Causes of Anxiety
Causes of anxiety disorders are not fully understood. Genetic predisposition and other risk factors may be predictors of the onset of an anxiety disorder.*
Adults who have concerns with elevated symptoms of anxiety should consult their family doctor and a mental health professional. Medication and counselling (e.g. talk therapy) is the most effective treatment. Common interventions may include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Mental health therapists may propose behavioural interventions, new thinking skills, coping strategies, lifestyle changes and exposure exercises to approach challenging situations. For links to more information about anxiety disorders, please visit our resources page.
*Information from the Mayo Clinic.