Anxiety Therapy Changes the Mind
Anxiety disorders are a mental health concern that is becoming increasingly common in the modern era. Despite this, it remains the most misunderstood health condition among us. As a result, it is critical to comprehend what anxiety is and why different types of anxiety disorders require a different approach to treatment. It is also critical to understand that it can be treated with both medication and therapy. Psychotherapy, which is also known as counselling, has proven its impact in recent times. Anxiety counselling is where people can talk over their anxieties with an expert, who then investigates the situation and assists the patient in developing strategies for resolving their problems on their own.
Anxiety Counselling or Anxiety Therapy can ease Negative Thoughts and Emotions.
Introduction: What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, uneasiness, and nervousness. It can be seen as the body’s natural response to stress. For example, giving a speech at a seminar for the first time or attending a crucial meeting with your clients. These anxiety feelings are temporary, though. It should be alarming if your feelings of anxiety do not go away after days or months. That is when you should know that you have an anxiety disorder.
Different Types of Anxiety Disorders
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
GAD is an anxiety disorder caused by excessive worry and tension.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
A person with OCD has thoughts that are difficult to control. These thoughts spill into their various habits, and they find themselves repeating these actions over and over, with the hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away.
Shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, and perspiration are among the physical symptoms that accompany a panic attack. Excessive anxiety is often what causes these symptoms.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD is a condition that could happen after someone has experienced something traumatic (e.g., experiencing war, assault, accident, or disaster). Symptoms of this disorder can be observed for many years after the traumatic event, especially if not treated.
Social Phobia (or Social Anxiety Disorder)
A person has an intense fear of being criticized, embarrassed, or humiliated, even in everyday situations such as speaking publicly, eating in public, being assertive at work, or making small talk. You obsessively worry about others judging you or being embarrassed or ridiculed.
Possible Causes of Anxiety
The causes of anxiety are complex and consist of various combinations of factors, such as difficult phases in life, traumatic past experiences, and physical health. The most common causes are explained below.
Genetics can cause anxiety. Those with a family history of anxiety may experience anxiety more often or have worse symptoms.
Ongoing Stressful Dealings
Anxiety conditions may develop because of continuous involvement in stressful life events. Common triggers include:
Verbal, sexual, physical, or emotional abuse
The death of a loved one
Physical Health Problems
Common chronic conditions associated with anxiety conditions include:
Hypertension and heart disease
Mental Health Conditions
Depression and anxiety conditions often occur together. It's important to check for and get assistance for all these conditions at the same time.
How to Treat Anxiety
The first step to treatment is to get a consultation from an anxiety therapist. It is important to get a careful evaluation and have the right diagnosis through your counsellor, who can decide whether or not medication will be helpful.
Anxiety Cases in Canada
The COVID pandemic has affected people across Canada, both mentally and physically. First, social isolation and the WFH are the primary reasons for this. Read this report.
According to CBC, Canadians reported the highest levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness since the pandemic.
Focus Forward Therapy Group in Ottawa provides anxiety counselling and depression support. Anxiety and depression psychotherapy can relieve negative thoughts and emotions. Using the Zoom video platform, you can receive these therapies without incurring the additional expense of travel or if there are in-person concerns.