We all feel anxious from time to time. It can even be beneficial to us by protecting us from harmful situations, or spurring us on to meet a deadline. Our ancestors relied on the “fight or flight” response to stay alert and alive. However, anxiety can become problematic when you begin to feel anxious in everyday or non-threatening situations.

Typically, anxiety disorders are characterized by both emotional and physical sensations such as palpitations of the heart, feelings of tension, apprehension, or even fear.

Anxiety disorders can affect anyone of any age, and are one of the most common mental health concerns.

Symptoms & Signs of Anxiety

Some of the symptoms of problematic anxiety, and anxiety disorders are:

Emotional symptoms

  • Inability to stop worrying about your concerns
  • Feelings of never-ending stress
  • Being easily startled and/or quick to panic
  • Feeling socially isolated or alienated from others in your life
  • Problems in your social relationships due to the feelings of being vulnerable or elevated arousal.

Physical symptoms

  • Fatigue, trouble catching your breath, headaches
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trembling, muscle tension
  • Diarrhea
  • Sweating
  • Heart palpitations

When is it time to get help?

Anxiety is characterized by frequent, irrational, and uncontrollable worry. These worries are often about everyday subjects such as health, money, family, or work. When these worries cause you stress, you start to avoid situations in which you are fearful, and negatively impact your daily life, it’s time to seek help and support.

Anxiety treatment methods

There are several effective treatment methods for dealing with anxiety. Your therapist will discuss with you, the best options for your individual circumstance. Some treatment methods that are typically successful in treating anxiety include:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based approach to treatment that focuses on how your thoughts, emotions and beliefs influence your behaviour and how you perceive yourself, others and the world. CBT has been shown to be effective in dealing with anxiety because it helps you to change those negative thoughts, feelings, emotions and projections on a subject matter or circumstance and help you to learn more effective ways of dealing with your anxiety. This approach uses sound techniques to slow down, halt and eliminate your own learned reactions. Ultimately, CBT deals with those circumstances and events that you’re aware of, rather than dealing with circumstances and events relating to your unconscious. Through a sound therapeutic process, you’ll learn to respond differently to issues and circumstances, and you’ll learn healthy coping mechanisms.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was originally developed to alleviate suffering of veterans who were experiencing PTSD. To date, this remarkable therapy has relieved complex symptoms in more than one million sufferers worldwide! EMDR therapy works by having the therapist moves their hand back and forth (like a windshield wiper), while you watch the therapist’s finger (like watching ping pong) while recalling the event. Through the eye movements, the painful incident and feelings are replaced with calmness, feelings of peacefulness and empowerment. It works quickly and may significantly lessen many symptoms of anxiety.

What will I get out of treatment with Insight Psychological?

If anxiety is affecting your life, please know that you’re not alone – anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns in Canada. Our therapists at Insight can help you to alleviate the symptoms caused by anxiety. You do not have to live with the limiting affects of anxiety – we can help. Working together with your therapist, you will understand what is causing you stress and anxiety and discover ways of dealing with, and reducing anxiety through a proven treatment method that works for you.

We have a team of therapists who can treat you in-person, through video online, or talk to you on the phone.