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We all experience anxiety. Anxiety is something we experience when we become overwhelmed with stress and worry. Some anxiety from time to time is normal and actually healthy. Anxiety is meant to motivate us to create change from a situation that does not serve us well. Our body’s response to stress and anxiety can be experienced as a surge of adrenaline while our instincts take over to respond to a dangerous situation.

When anxiety lasts for weeks or months, and the feeling of dread begins to affect our daily lives, you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that covers different forms of common anxiety disorder, which can be characterized by excessive rumination, worrying, uneasiness, apprehension, and fear about future uncertainties either real or imagined.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Is when a person is experiencing unusual high levels of anxiety related to worry about aspects of daily living, like health, physical and emotional well-being, family, finances, and work.

Panic Disorder
Is when a person is experiencing panic attacks. A panic attack can trigger a feeling of sudden danger and threat, unexpected rush of adrenaline, and intense anxiety symptoms. Panic disorders can also exist with people experiencing agoraphobia which is characterized by anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives certain environments as dangerous or uncomfortable, often due to the environment’s vast openness or a crowd.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Is usually experienced after someone is exposed to one or more traumatic events. Some examples of trauma events would be, natural disasters, accidents, crimes, war, assaults, or being a witness to any of these events. A person experiencing PTSD would relive these events through unwanted or intrusive thoughts through nightmares or flashbacks.

Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia
Is when a person is terrified of a social environment because they feel and fear others judging them and they’ll embarrass themselves.

Separation Anxiety
Is when a child, teenager experiences a level of anxiety when they experience separation from their parents.

Specific Phobias
Is when someone experiences unreasonable fear associated with certain objects, or situations.

Anxiety Treatment

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.

Relaxation Techniques
Various methods of relaxation are used to relieve symptoms related to anxiety or panic attacks.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Used to identify symptoms, thought and environmental triggers of anxiety, and develop healthy coping skills for the control over anxiety.

Positive Therapy
Focuses on the positive traits of individuals strengths and virtues, such as the capacity for love and work, courage, compassion, resilience, creativity, curiosity, integrity, self-knowledge, moderation, self-control, and wisdom.

Transpersonal Psychotherapy/Psychology
Use of positive influences in the combination of holistic and natual psychology, rather than the diseased human psyche and defenses, as a model for the realization of human potential. This technique encourages a person to see their inner capabilities by viewing themselves as the process for reaching wellness through integration of the spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, physical and creative being into one complete element.

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