Anxiety Counselling Vancouver

What's Anxiety?


Anxiety is a natural and adaptive response to stress or perceived threats. It’s the body’s way of preparing for challenges by triggering a “fight or flight” response. In everyday terms, anxiety is the feeling of unease, worry, or nervousness that can arise in various situations. It’s like the internal alarm system that alerts us to potential dangers, prompting heightened awareness and physiological changes such as increased heart rate, faster breathing, and heightened alertness.

While occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, becoming overly anxious or experiencing persistent worry beyond what’s typical for a situation may impact daily functioning. It can influence thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, sometimes making it challenging to focus, relax, or engage in routine activities. Recognizing and managing anxiety involves understanding its role as a protective mechanism while finding strategies to cope with its impact on overall well-being. There are various types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias.

Most Effective Treatments for Anxiety

CBT is a widely used and evidence-based approach for treating anxiety. It helps individuals identify and change negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to anxiety. By challenging irrational thoughts and developing more adaptive behaviors, individuals can reduce anxiety levels.

Mindfulness techniques, such as meditation and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), can help individuals cultivate awareness of their thoughts and emotions, promoting a more balanced and non-reactive mindset.

ACT focuses on accepting difficult thoughts and feelings rather than fighting against them. It encourages individuals to clarify their values and take committed action towards a meaningful life.

Exposure therapy involves gradually facing and confronting feared situations or objects in a controlled and supportive environment. This helps reduce anxiety over time

DBT incorporates mindfulness and acceptance strategies along with skills training in emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. It can be particularly effective for individuals with anxiety-related difficulties in managing emotions.

Symptoms of Anxiety

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The symptoms of anxiety can vary but often include:

  1. Excessive Worry: Persistent and uncontrollable worry about everyday events or activities, often anticipating the worst outcome.

  2. Physical Symptoms: Physical manifestations such as increased heart rate, muscle tension, trembling, sweating, dizziness, and stomach discomfort.

  3. Restlessness or Feeling On Edge: A sense of restlessness, feeling on edge, or being easily fatigued, even when there is no apparent reason for these feelings.

  4. Irritability: Feeling irritable or on edge, with a reduced threshold for frustration.

  5. Sleep Disturbances: Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing restless and unsatisfying sleep.

  6. Difficulty Concentrating: Challenges with concentration and an inability to focus due to intrusive thoughts or worry.

  7. Muscle Tension: Physical symptoms such as muscle tension, headaches, or other bodily discomfort associated with anxiety.

  8. Avoidance Behaviors: Avoidance of situations or activities that trigger anxiety, leading to a significant impact on daily functioning and quality of life.

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