Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns. Feeling anxious is normal and happens to everyone when we are stressed or taking risks. However, it is also possible to have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can become a problem when someone is feeling anxious or worrying much of the time, or when the anxiety is excessive and causing distress. If anxiety is interfering with your life, or making it difficult to work or enjoy family or leisure opportunities, it is important to reach out for help.
Anxiety does not impact everyone the same. Many people with anxiety experience worried thoughts about the future, social situations, their health or safety, or even things they may have said or done in the past. Others experience physical signs of anxiety, such as a racing heart, shortness of breath or feeling light-headed. Sometimes, anxiety can be so uncomfortable that people can feel like they have to do something to get rid of their anxiety, and this can lead to avoidance of people or places that trigger the anxiety, dependence on substances, or compulsive thinking or actions.
It can be incredibly isolating, distressing and discouraging to experience anxiety, so it can be very important to receive support. There are many options for treating anxiety, and the first step can often be speaking with a psychologist to determine the type of anxiety you are experiencing. The psychologists at Willow Psychology can help you explore your options for treatment and support and we are experienced at providing psychological counselling and therapy for many types of anxiety. Please reach out to us to find out more about how we can help.
For more information on different types of anxiety, the Canadian Psychological Association offers Tip Sheets on: