Anxiety disorders can lead to trouble at work or at home — trouble concentrating, difficulty working with colleagues, and other problems. Anxiety disorders can be serious mental illnesses. Therapy is a key component of treatment for generalized anxiety disorder. Treatment can help, and for many anxiety problems, therapy is a good place to start. Therapy can help you identify the maladaptive beliefs and coping strategies behind your anxiety issues and help you to develop better ways to manage stress.
Symptoms of anxiety may include headaches, nausea, insomnia and changes in sexual behavior. Treatment can give significant relief from symptoms, but not always a complete cure. Treatment may incorporate mood stabilizer medications, anti-depressants, and psychotherapy.
Stress may directly affect the body or cause people to manage their lives less effectively. Phobias are persistent, excessive fear of a specific situation or object.
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after experiencing a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist incident, sudden death of a loved one, war, or violent assault.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a condition characterized by excessive anxiety and worry, occurring more days than not for a period of at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities. CBT for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) trains you in these techniques.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a type of anxiety disorder primarily characterized by repetitive obsessions (distressing, persistent, and intrusive thoughts or images) and compulsions (urges to perform specific acts or rituals).
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an extreme anxiety disorder that can occur in the aftermath of a traumatic or life-threatening event.
Although the symptoms of each anxiety disorder vary, all may create intense degrees fear or worry that may interfere with a normal life. In anxiety disorder treatment, therapy can help you identify and challenge the thinking patterns and irrational beliefs that may contribute to anxious feelings.
If you are seeking help for anxiety in Montreal’s West Island area I welcome your email or call to get started on a path to greater peace through individual therapy and counseling.