We all experience anxiety, and it is part of the normal human experience. Anxiety involves feelings of worry, nervousness, fear, or apprehension. Anxiety can sometimes be motivating, such as when nervousness about an exam motivates us to study. At times, however, anxiety can become overwhelming and cause significant distress. It can also interfere with the ability to participate in activities and move towards our goals. Anxiety can even affect how we feel physically, causing symptoms like upset stomach, shortness of breath, or dizziness. When anxiety becomes severe, it can cause Panic Attacks and drastically affect things like sleep, mood, and concentration.
Anxiety can be temporary, such as when an individual is anxious about a new job. Anxiety can also reflect a more enduring psychological disorder, such as:
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder, when anxiety is pervasive across several situations.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which involves repetitive thoughts and behaviours.
- Panic Disorder, when individuals experience repeated and unexpected Panic Attacks.
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, which can develop following the experience of a traumatic event.
- Social Anxiety Disorder, when social and other interpersonal situations cause anxiety.
- Specific Phobia, when individuals experience intense fear related to particular objects or situation.
Psychologists at EBT3 are trained in using psychological assessment tools to find out whether anxiety is problematic, and if a specific anxiety disorder is present. They are also experienced at treating anxiety and the related symptoms using approaches that have been proven to be effective, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
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