Anxiety is our mind and body’s reaction to stressful events and perceived threats. It’s the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread we feel leading up to a difficult situation or event. Anxiety on a certain level helps us stay alert and aware, but for those suffering from an anxiety disorder, it can be debilitating.
When is it a disorder? When the cognitive (thoughts of losing control), physical (heart racing, shortness of breath), and behavioural (avoidance) symptoms of anxiety are persistent and severe. Anxiety causes distress in our life to the point that it negatively affects our ability to work or study, socialise and manage daily tasks. This leads to other problems such as fear of meeting people, leaving the home, severe panic attacks, and possibly depression. If left untreated, people with an anxiety disorder are at greater risk of developing medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and other medical issues.
On the positive side, there are several proven psychological therapies for anxiety disorder that will help you gain control over your worries, decrease your anxiety, and improve your quality of life. Speak to us about it.
We’re here to help. Anxiety is treatable with the right tools.
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