Anxiety is one of the most common mental heath conditions, affecting 10-15% of the population. It includes, but is not limited to, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and fear focused on a specific thing or situation, also known as a phobia. Examples of phobias include: social phobias, fear of flying, elevators, spiders or snakes, fear of being in a crowd, fear of enclosed spaces and fear of leaving the house, to name a few. The good news is that most forms of Anxiety Disorders respond well to talk therapy, or a combination of talk therapy and medication.
When Does It Make Sense To Get Help With Anxiety?
We all worry about things. Anxiety is a completely normal, helpful human emotion designed to keep us alert threats which might cause us harm. Feeling some level of fear about meeting new people, getting onto a plane or seeing a spider is understandable. Most people have experienced an occasional “twinge” of nervousness at those times. However, if you avoid important social gatherings, flying to an important business meeting, checking that the front door is locked so many times that you are late for important appointments or avoid a room where you saw a spider three weeks ago, the fear stops being protective and becomes debilitating. When the anxiety becomes constant and/or so overwhelming that it prevents us from living our lives in the way we want to or keeps us from achieving our goals, that is when it is time to seek help.
Talk therapy, specifically Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), has been proven to be very effective in treating Anxiety. For some, when talk therapy is combined with appropriate medication by a physician, the outcome can be even more beneficial than either talk therapy or medication alone. Each person is different, and no single solution works the same for everyone.
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For more comprehensive information on Anxiety Disorders, please see the US National Institutes of Mental Health Website: