Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it has become a disabling disorder. ~NIMH
Anxiety disorders can affect anyone.
Anxiety can occur in many different situations. A person with anxiety may find that they have more and more physical symptoms, such as headaches, chest pains or feelings of tiredness and tension.
Anxiety attacks can happen unexpectedly and in the most unlikely places. Sometimes even while just sitting quietly your heart may start to pound, you find it hard to breathe and you become terrified that you’re going to have a heart attack
Anxiety disorders include the following:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder: excessive anxiety and worry that last for at least six months accompanied by other physical and behavioral problems.
Social Phobia: a persistent fear of one or more situations in which the person is exposed to possible scrutiny of others.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: repeated, intrusive and unwanted thoughts that cause anxiety, often accompanied by ritualized behavior that relieve this anxiety.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: caused when someone experiences a severely distressing or traumatic event. Recurring nightmares and/or flashbacks and unprovoked anger are common symptoms.
By contacting a psychologist, those who suffer from an anxiety disorder can take the first step on the road to recovery. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 90 percent of people with emotional illnesses will improve or recover if they get treatment.
Our Psychologists can help you manage your anxiety
Are struggling with anxiety and don’t know how to manage it? The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice)’s guidelines on anxiety recommend that you don’t take benzodiazepines (minor tranquillizers that calm you but are addictive), and instead suggests psychological treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapyCognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that aims to help you manage your problems by changing how you think and act.
CBT encourages you to talk about:
• how you think about yourself, the world and other people
• how what you do affects your thoughts and feelings
By talking about these things, CBT can help you to change how you think (‘cognitive’) and what you do (‘behaviour’), which can help you feel better about life. which equip you to rethink situations in order to deal with them. It is one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem.
At Tri-City Psychology Services our psychologist use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
How does Cognitive Behavioral Therapy help?
CBT can help you gain a better understanding of overwhelming problems by breaking them down into smaller parts. How you think about a problem can affect how you feel physically and emotionally. It can also alter what you do about it. There are helpful and unhelpful ways of reacting to most situations, depending on how you think about them.
It’s easy to take the first step to manage your anxiety
Anxiety can seriously affect your ability to work and enjoy life. CBT can help you to control the symptoms. Come and see us for a full consultation. You can discuss your symptoms, how you are feeling and your concerns in complete confidentiality. We understand it is not always easy to talk about how you feel especially if you are worried that others may dismiss your concerns. At Tri-City Psychology Services you can feel assured that our psychologists will really listen to you and work with you to find and understand the cause of your anxiety and manage it in the way that works best for you.