Are you nervous and on edge constantly?
Is your brain constantly working on over-drive, thinking of one thing and another?
Do you wish you could turn these thoughts off and enjoy some peace of mind?
Do you often have a sense of panic and doom?
Anxiety can be a frustrating experience. It can keep you up all night, hold you back from doing the things you want to do, and cause you to have difficulty concentrating. Most people experience a mild level of anxiety in their life, but often when it becomes excessive, or irrational it can be helpful to talk to someone.
How to manage anxiety effectively
The good news is that it can be successfully treated. As previously mentioned, it is normal to experience some anxiety. After all, there are some things we are biologically hardwired to fear. It can motivate and protect us. On the other hand, anxiety can get out of control and become persistent, lasting for months, and affect our day-to-day functioning. So, our work together will be toning it down to a more manageable level. Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) we begin to identify thoughts and events that trigger your anxiety, and work on re-adjusting these so you can live fuller, freer, and more fulfilled.
Q: Help! What’s the best form of therapy for my anxiety?
The best therapy is to first understand why it’s happening. This can vary greatly from person to person. It is difficult as anxiety can come from a variety of different sources. CBT can provide some helpful tools as it uses your thought patterns to see what exactly you’re telling yourself before your anxiety comes on. Then together we can work on tweaking problematic thinking patterns and maladaptive behaviours. Often therapy will use de-sensitization and exposure techniques to help you overcome your fear.
Q: What books will help me?
If you walk down your self-help/psychology aisle in Chapters, or browse through amazon.ca you will come across tons of resources. A couple very popular ones that I recommend specific to CBT are:
The feeling good handbook, by David Burns
Mind over Mood, by Greenberger and Pedesky