Some degree of fear and anxiety are not just ‘normal’ they’re essential, alerting us to and steering us away from danger. But, when fear and anxiety become pervasive or unrealistically heightened, they can with every area of our lived and have negative consequences for our physical health.

Approximately 12% of Canadians will experience an anxiety disorder during any given year, and 25% will experience an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Sufferers most often recognize the illogic of their responses but nonetheless experience them as real, cognitively, emotionally, and physiologically.

There are different types of anxiety disorder :

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a persistent pattern of excessive and unproductive worry often resulting in muscle tension, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sleep disturbances, and irritability.
  • Specific Phobias are excessive fears of particular objects ,situations or activities. Phobic responses can be elicited by almost anything, but most commonly by such thing as , heights, closed spaces, flying, animals, blood. etc.
  • Social Phobia is a pattern of extreme and debilitating shyness. Those with social phobia typically worry that they will be judged negatively or will look foolish and be humiliated.
  • Panic Disorder involves recurrent unanticipated attacks of intense anxiety. Sufferers may fear that they are dying and experience physical symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, abdominal distress, numbness, tingling, or faintness.
  • Obsessions are persistent thoughts, impulses or images that are intrusive and cause marked anxiety or distress. Sufferers may try to ignore or suppress them or to counteract them with other thoughts or actions (compulsions).
  • Compulsions are repetitive behaviours (Such as washing, checking, or placing things in a particular order.) or mental acts (Such as praying, counting or repeating words).

Fortunately, anxiety disorders respond extremely well to treatment in the form of counseling, alone or in combination with medication.