Struggling with Anxiety?
You are not alone.
Many individuals in our modern fast-paced and stressful society experience anxiety. Anxiety is now being referred to as an epidemic with upwards of 20-30% of adults being diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in their lifetime.
One of the first steps to managing your anxiety is to know the facts about anxiety as well as effective solutions to managing it. The following information can help you.
First of all anxiety is a normal reaction that is essential for survival. The anxiety response is meant to alert us and protect us from danger. It becomes a problem when it is excessive or triggered with minimal provocation and it is at this point that an individual may want to seek treatment, including, counselling. When the survival instinct or stress response is overly sensitive a person can feel like their anxiety has a life of its own. As a result of this ongoing and excessive fear response a person can become locked into the fight-flight response causing distress and interference with day-to-day activities.
Anxiety is usually a learned reaction to stress or perceived danger. Because it is a learned response anxiety can be managed and reduced by learning new skills and thought patterns.
Counselling can provide the strategies and skills to assist you in recognizing, coping, and reducing your anxiety. Cognitive behavioural therapy is used to assist clients in identifying and changing the thoughts and behaviours that contribute to anxiety. It can provide effective coping strategies so that you can manage your anxiety rather than it managing or mismanaging you.
Interpersonal therapy and mindfulness strategies are also incorporated into counselling in order to address the interpersonal and intrapersonal effects of anxiety.