Anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health concerns, affecting an estimated 1 in 10 Canadians. An anxiety disorder goes beyond average nervousness or fear, when the anxious feelings interfere with daily living. Anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, phobias, and separation anxiety. Increase in worrying can be caused by external factors such as the pandemic, life transitions, and stress. Common signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders include:
- A constant sense of impending danger or panic
- Increased heart rate or heart palpitations
- Headaches, gastrointestinal pains, or other unexplained pains
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been proven effective in helping individuals with anxiety disorders manage their anxious thoughts and feelings and reframe these thought patterns. Learning breathing and meditation techniques can be helpful to those who have panic attacks to regulate their breathing and heart rate. If you are struggling with the symptoms of any anxiety disorder, reach out to one of our therapists today.