Anxiety treatment is one of our primary focus areas here at Lotus Counselling

Anxiety

Anxiety


Everyone experiences anxiety, to say “I have anxiety” is to be human. In fact, most people don’t realize that anxiety is a natural emotion and is designed with the intention of keeping us safe. 


When anxiety does its job effectively it can literally be a life saver. However, for those living with an anxiety disorder, the intensity of anxiety will impact the person's ability to function by getting in the way of their ability to relax, connect with others, enjoy meaningful activities, work, go to school and their overall quality of life. 


Anxiety treatment is one of our primary focus areas here at Lotus Counselling. There are several ‘types’ of anxiety disorders, listed below are some of the anxiety disorders that people live with and that we provide services for …


Social Anxiety


Social Anxiety is one of the most common types of anxiety and can best be understood by thinking of it a bit like extreme shyness. Typically people living with Social Anxiety find themselves uncomfortable in social situations or situations where they need to perform in front of others (like public speaking). This discomfort is fueled by a fear of doing something embarrassing and being harshly judged by others in some way.


Social anxiety can show up in very specific social settings or any social setting. One of the major problematic consequences of social anxiety is that it leads to avoidance designed to temporarily relieve the stress and unfortunately typically creates a pile up of problems as a result. 

For example, missing work/school, not seeing friends, avoiding get togethers, etc. impacts our career, relationships and sense of connection.


Since March 2020, COVID has forced us into a situation where we have been encouraged to avoid and be anxious of one another. Life enhancing activities like hugging, sitting close to people, sharing conversations and laughter have become viewed as dangerous and potentially life threatening. Basically we have been engaging in globally prescribed social avoidance and we are only beginning to witness the impact of that. Please keep in mind I’m only focusing on the psychological impact to humans, I’m by no means minimizing the importance of social distancing and other COVID protocols, rather I’m trying to focus beyond them and think about their impact. From what I have witnessed and experienced, both personally and professionally, we are all experiencing the effect of global avoidance in one way or another.


COVID FREE ANXIETY RESOURCES


Panic Disorder:


“I’m having a panic attack”- it could be something you have heard someone say or maybe even experienced for yourself. The average person probably has a general idea of what it means to have a panic attack but may not be able to verbalize exactly what it means.


What is Panic Attack:


A panic attack is a brief, yet intense episode of anxiety that induces the physical experience and sensations of fear. This commonly includes racing heart, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling, and muscle tension. Panic attacks often occur suddenly and unexpectedly. Panic episodes can be triggered by an overwhelming or anxiety provoking situation however they may also appear to occur spontaneously.


What is Panic Disorder:


Panic disorder refers to the diagnosable condition of recurrent, unexpected panic attacks. In addition to the experience of frequent panic attacks, those living with Panic Disorder typically report...

  • constant concern about having another panic attack

  • Intense fear around the consequences of a panic attack (e.g., having a heart attack)

  • significant behaviour changes in attempts to avoid physical feelings or places for fear of having a panic attack.


How is Panic Disorder Treated:


The research supports the use of CBT with exposures for the treatment of panic disorder. There is some growing evidence to support the use of ACT with exposures as well.


Generalized anxiety disorder


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