Anxiety that can affect us in a variety of different ways. Sometimes there are specific situations that provoke anxiety, such as social situations or phobias. Sometimes we experience acute intense periods of anxiety in the form of panic attacks.
Other times anxiety doesn’t have a specific focus, and but tends to be more constant and persistent. Instead of the intense bursts of anxiety of a panic attack, sometimes anxiety is more chronic, and often takes the form of excessive and seemingly uncontrollable worrying.
This type of anxiety it is called generalized anxiety, and can lead to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Generalized anxiety disorder is one of the most common reasons people seek counselling and therapy, and is people who are experiencing depression often also experience GAD.
I’ve just come across a couple of interesting videos about generalized anxiety disorder. The first video describes GAD and some of its symptoms.
The next video talks about treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, including cognitive therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for GAD.
The last part of this video discusses medication for generalized anxiety. While medication can be very effective in treating anxiety, it tends to be a temporary solution—once the medication is stopped, the anxiety returns.
Whether or not you decide to take medication, cognitive therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy can help you overcome your anxiety. If you are on medication, therapy can help you use the relief from your anxiety that the medication provides to learn ways to further reduce your anxiety, and to make changes that will allow you to prevent relapse if you decide to go off medication.
And if you don’t want to take medication for your anxiety, or find that medication hasn’t been helpful, cognitive therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy alone have been shown to be effective in treating generalized anxiety disorder.
I’m a Toronto therapist specializing in counselling and therapy for depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. For more information about how I can help you overcome anxiety or generalized anxiety disorder through cognitive therapy/cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), or to make an appointment for counselling or therapy, please call me at 416-516-6024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.