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.
We 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.