We all experience anxiety in some form in our daily lives — perhaps as a result of a new relationship, a new job, financial struggles, or a move to a new community. It is part of the human experience. However, when anxiety persists and hinders an individual from functioning properly during daily activities, it may be a sign of a deeper problem.
Some symptoms of an anxiety disorder include unmanageable apprehension about routine events, bouts of intense anxiety, fear of certain situations, and unwanted thoughts.
Panic attacks — short bouts of overpowering anxiety — are another symptom. Panic attacks often cause an increased heart rate, shortness of breath, shaking, chest pain, and sweating.
Individuals struggling with anxiety are often also suffering from depression.
I use a therapeutic approach that supports the individual’s unique needs. This often includes Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), mindfulness skills, and EMDR. Family systems, emotion-focused therapy, or solution-focused therapy may also be used.