Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Anxiety is, simply, put, unrelenting worry that continues after the thing or circumstance you are worrying about is removed or it is the exaggerated worry about something.

For example, a small worry about my health may motivate me to book a doctor’s appointment, after which I stop thinking about it.

On the other hand, if I had anxiety related to health, I 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 Treatment:

Characterized by exaggerated or excessive anxiety and worry about life events that don’t necessarily require that type of emotional attention.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD):

Relates to obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. These items interrupt an individuals’ 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 more curious if you may meed 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.

Anxiety Symptoms

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) - Themes Including:

  • Health
  • Personal safety
  • Body image
  • Agoraphobia: fear of crowds or a crowded place
  • Flying
  • Parenting
  • Relationship concerns
  • And many more

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.

Shift Psychological has a number of licensed psychologists who specialize in anxiety treatment techniques. Call the anxiety clinic today in order to book an appointment. We have offices in Calgary: 587.352.6463 and in Edmonton: 780.705.6463.