|We’re currently living through something of an anxiety epidemic. Severe and chronic anxiety affects more than 12 per cent of Canadians every year, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada. Many people experience some level of anxiety at some point in their lifetime.
|We've all had those days when it seems like nothing is going right... you wake up in the morning only to realize you slept through your alarm! You race to get ready, skipping breakfast, end up missing the bus, and getting to work half an hour late. Your coworker asks you how your morning has been and you automatically snap at them.
|Anxiety has a way of creeping into our lives whether we're on board with it's presence or not, and although we may not have control over the biological underpinnings of this phenomenon, anxiety can be managed or even prevented with a range of techniques or with the help of a therapist or other supports. This is the fourth installment in a series focusing on anxiety and will explore strategies and treatment options to help with symptoms of anxiety.
|Welcome to the third installment of the blog series focusing on anxiety and anxiety disorders. Through these articles, my hope is to share an overview of what anxiety actually is and to promote an understanding of just how difficult it can be to live with a mental health disorder like anxiety.
|As a therapist, one of the most common concerns that clients have brought up during therapy sessions has been problems associated with anxiety. From experiencing the worry and self-doubts that surface following a relationship breakdown, to the intense and demoralizing physical symptoms associated with a panic attack, anxiety is the most common mental health disorder affecting more than 40 million Americans.
|Have you ever experienced an unexpected increase in heart rate, sweaty palms, shortness of breath, a feeling as if your chest is being pushed in by some unforseeable force and a sudden need to quickly get away? If you have, it's possible, and very likely, that these symptoms relate to an experience of anxiety, or even panic. Although they feel unpleasant at the time, these sensations are actually a normal part of the fear-response that is hardwired into the human brain, designed to help us react in situations of danger.