What Are Anxiety Disorders?

Simply put, anxiety is unrelenting and exaggerated worry about something. That something can be many things; anywhere from anxiety about a future event, to a phobia of spiders.

Anxiety can cause is to ruminate for hours about things that we perceive to be threats, but are not actually threats to our well being or survival.  For example, if someone had anxiety related to health, they may incessantly worry and ruminate on it, search the web for hours, fly into panicked states or have sleepless nights filled with racing thoughts all despite making a doctor’s appointment.

In anxiety, the sheer size of the worry in relation to the concern, the realistic vs. non-realistic nature of the concern, and the frequency or level of control related to concern matter.

Specific Phobias:

A fear of one object or situation, like spiders or flying.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder:

Characterized by exaggerated or excessive anxiety and worry about life events that don’t necessarily require that type of emotional attention. There are many themes in this area, including:

  • Health
  • Personal safety
  • Body image
  • Agoraphobia
  • Flying
  • Parenting
  • Relationship concerns
  • And many more

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

Relates to obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. These items interrupt an individual’s quality of life and are not viewed by the individual as being entirely under their control. There are several types, including hoarding, checking, health (germ) focused, etc.

Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia):

An intrusive, disruptive fear of people or certain social situations. Often, we see fears of judgement, body image, looking awkward or stupid, as being thematic in social anxiety thoughts. Often individuals will isolate themselves or avoid certain situations in order to reduce the worry, panic and stress and anxiety. However, in doing so, they become lonely, desolate and limited in their new experiences. This can lead to further mood disruption.

If you are curious about whether you meet some of the criteria for social anxiety, then here are a few web self-assessments which you can take. Remember, these tests are by no means a diagnosis but only to give you more information about yourself and how it relates to social anxiety.

Panic Disorders:

Often concurrent with physical symptoms like muscle tension, heart palpitations and sweating. They can be proceeded by constant worrying and often cause such side effects. There are many natural remedies and relaxation techniques but often these do not get to the root of the panic disorder.

How Shift Can Help

Anxiety can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviour, thinking ability not to mention the residual effects on physical health. No part of the body is immune, but, because people handle anxiety differently, anxiety treatment may be necessary. Many symptoms might not initially seem like they are connected to your anxiety until we take a closer look with the life analysis portion of treatment.

Our unique protocol will get to the root of your anxiety concerns, which present themselves in the form of what we call limiting beliefs. These are negative beliefs about ourselves and the world around us that impact our thoughts, emotions and behaviours.