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We have all felt some degree of anxiety. But when it starts affecting our daily lives, it may be time to seek help.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is one of our natural reactions to stress and unpleasant situations. When it takes over our lives, however, it becomes problematic. It can be a heavy burden to bear, both for the person suffering from anxiety and for their loved ones. But there are ways to make the difficult easier.

You are not alone in living with anxiety

According to Statistics Canada, around 5% of the population has generalized anxiety disorder. However, even if your current anxiety level does not severely impact your daily life, it is worth considering what you can do to prevent more serious symptoms from occuring.

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Signs that it might be time to seek help

Heart palpitations, difficulty breathing or a constant feeling of discomfort can all be signs of anxiety. Anxiety can often include physical symptoms like stomach problems or headaches, nausea or even chest pressure.

More traditional anxiety symptoms include persistent worries about social situations or a general unease that prevents you from enjoying life can be symptoms. Ultimately, understanding that these symptoms are not just “in your head” but actual signals from your body can be the first step towards improvement. More in-depth information about anxiety can be found at https://www.anxietycanada.com/.

Different therapies and options

Talk therapy is a great first step for treating anxiety. It has been shown to be an effective treatment for various forms of anxiety. Medications can also help, but in general, should be used in addition to therapy.

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How therapy can help with anxiety

Talking to a professional therapist gives you the tools to understand and manage your symptoms. Additionally, it can also significantly improve your quality of life and make it easier to cope with the stresses and pressures of everyday life.

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9 common questions and answers about anxiety

What is anxiety and how is it defined?

Anxiety is a natural emotional reaction to stressful situations. It is the body’s way of warning you of a potential danger. It becomes problematic when it prevents you from living a normal life.

What are the most common physical symptoms of anxiety?

Heart palpitations, rapid breathing, sweating and difficulty concentrating are common symptoms.

How does anxiety differ from stress or worry?

Stress is a reaction to external pressures, while anxiety is usually an internal feeling. Worry is usually a temporary state, whereas anxiety is persistent.

What are the different types of anxiety disorders?

There are many different types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic disorder and specific phobias. Each type requires a unique treatment approach. An experienced therapist can help you identify and manage your specific type of anxiety.

How can I support someone close to me who suffers from anxiety?

Listen, be present and encourage professional help.

What treatment methods are available for anxiety?

Therapy, medication and lifestyle changes are common methods to effectively treat anxiety.

How can I manage my anxiety without medication?

Mindfulness, physical activity and talk therapy are all good ways to learn how to manage your anxiety.

What are the long-term effects of untreated anxiety?

Untreated anxiety can lead to depression and other mental health concerns, as well as an overall decrease in quality of life.

How much does therapy at Lavendla cost?

At Lavendla, our therapists and coaches set the price themselves. You decide how many sessions you will require in consultation with your therapist. The first time you meet, the focus is usually on getting to know each other, defining your challenges, and then making a plan for how you will work together to achieve your goals.

Anxiety treatment steps to improve quality of life

We are all different. Consequently, we all deal with anxiety differently. Therefore, it is important to understand how anxiety affects you personally and work with your therapist to address it as best as possible. However, you can get an idea of what treating anxiety through talk therapy might look like generally. Here are the most common steps in anxiety treatment:

1. Exploring your concerns

In the initial stage of treatment, your therapist will help you understand your specific anxieties. Therefore, together you will review the situations that cause you anxiety and identify the symptoms you are experiencing.

2. Setting your own goals

Once you have identified the problem, you and your therapist will work together to set clear and realistic goals for your therapy journey. These can range from improving your general well-being to dealing effectively with specific triggers.

3. Changing your behaviour

This step relies on you actively working on your behaviour. You will therefore perform various exercises and use techniques designed to break the behavioural patterns that exacerbate your anxiety.

4. Closure

Once you have found your new behavioural patterns, you and your therapist will evaluate how close you have come to your goal. Even if you have finished therapy, your work with exercises and maintaining good habits often continues after treatment.

Choose a brighter future

Seeking help isn’t a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength! Professional help is available and is an important step in making your life brighter and more manageable. Even if you are not ready to take the step today, you can always book a 20- or 45-minute session with our therapists and psychologists to see if therapy for anxiety is right for you. Before starting therapy, a 20-minute call can be a good start to feel what it’s like to meet a professional counsellor or coach. We are here, ready to make the difficult easier.

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    Written by Ellen Lindgren

    Licensed psychologist

    Ellen is a licensed psychologist and has experience mainly in clinical psychology where she has worked with various conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, crises and trauma in primary care and psychiatry. She has also worked with research while studying in the US and with affective disorders and insomnia at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.