Do worries and fears control much of your day-to-day life? Please turn to the registered psychologists at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. We are experienced in counselling for disorders concerning phobias and anxiety Edmonton individual and family therapists. If an unknown event, medical factor or stress has left you feeling vulnerable or worried, seeking counselling is the first step.
Anxiety disorders are different from your normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness. It involves excessive fear or anxiety. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental disorders among individuals. However, you can be relieved to know that anxiety disorders are treatable, and several effective treatments are available. Anxiety disorder treatments are specifically designed to assist people in resuming their normal and productive lives.
Do you have a strong but irrational fear of something that doesn’t pose a grave or real danger? Your phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that occupies your thoughts, has many symptoms of anxiety, and limits your activities. Though a phobia might come from an understandable reason, such as feeling nervous about going to the dentist, phobic anxiety keeps you from experiences you want to try or goals you want to accomplish. You know your fear is unreasonable with a true phobia, but you cannot control your reaction.
It is natural to feel anxious from time to time. It can protect us from harmful situations, but at the same time can get us spurring over deadlines or other areas in our lives. Anxiety becomes problematic when you begin to feel anxious daily or even in non-threatening situations.
Anxiety disorders can be understood as both emotional and physical sensations. It can affect anyone of any age. They are one of the most common mental health concerns.
Our expert psychologists have carefully curated a list of symptoms that you can experience during your anxiety attacks:
Feeling overwhelmed by fear or sense of danger
Fear of being out of control
Feeling like you need to escape
Detachment from the surrounding reality
An overwhelming sense of doom or helplessness
Shortness of breath and trembling
Heart palpitations and chest pressure
Feeling distressed, panicked and confused
Inability to calm down
Sweating or hot and cold flashes
Numbness and tingling sensations
The feeling of nervousness is common and can be felt many times. Anything that causes apprehension or fear can lead to feelings of nervousness. For instance, you can be nervous because of your first job interview, a test or attending some event, among other possible situations.
Nervousness is your natural response to a stressful event. It is temporary and resolves once the stress has passed. It can be controlled, even if you’re more prone to nervous feelings. Although it is one of the most common symptoms of anxiety disorders, however nervousness and anxiety disorders are not the same.
There are numerous anxiety disorders that an individual can experience. Anxiety disorders can be broadly categorized into the following types:
Phobias An intense fear around a specific object, animal or situation. However, these feelings do not interrupt our day-to-day lives. Some of the most common phobias that affect people’s social and personal lives are:
Agoraphobia: fear of open spaces, being away from home, or having no security or support
Claustrophobia: fear of confinement or entrapment and/or being in close or tight spaces
Social phobia: fear of being in crowds of people
Glossophobia: fear of public speaking
Hypochondria: fear of becoming ill
Driving phobia: fear of driving a car
Aerophobia: fear of flying
Panic disorder A panic disorder is when one experiences repeated and unexpected panic attacks. A panic attack is a feeling of sudden and intense fear that lasts for a short period of time. These can be a normal reaction to a stressful situation or a part of other anxiety disorders. You may experience the following while going through one:
Shortness of breath
Social anxiety disorder This is an intense fear of being embarrassed or evaluated negatively by others in society. This results in people avoiding social situations. It can negatively impact your school or work performance.
Generalized anxiety disorder This disorder is an excessive worry around several everyday problems for more than six months. You may even experience intense anxiety over minor concerns. It can even lead to sleep problems and muscle tension.
Avoiding situations that make you panic takes a lot of hard work, but you can understand and manage your fears. Counselling for phobias is very similar to therapy for anxiety disorders and can help you face your fears and break their power over your life.
You can experience an anxiety disorder or an anxiety attack at any given age, as there is no specific age benchmark. Sometimes, anxiety disorders are triggered by a specific event or some stressful life experiences.
The chances of having an anxiety disorder are more likely to occur when we have certain ways of looking at things. For instance, believing that everything must be perfect. It can also be triggered by learning about unhelpful coping strategies from others.
Sometimes there is no reason for anxiety attacks to occur. Each anxiety disorder has its own specific treatments and goals, but most include a combination of counselling, medication, support groups and self-help strategies.
Skilled in treating patients of all ages with phobias and anxiety in Edmonton, we frequently work with adults and children, adolescents and their parents since many anxiety disorders and phobias begin at a young age.
Gary J. Meiers and Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers have both practiced counselling psychology for over 40 years. They are skilled in various treatments, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Gestalt therapy, and expressive art techniques. Desensitization (exposure therapy) and cognitive behaviour therapy (alternative views and actions) are also effective strategies for coping with phobias and anxiety. We begin with a confidential and comprehensive assessment to determine the best individual approach to help you move forward.
Our team is specialized in helping you with traumatic stress disorder, depression, panic attacks and more. Learn more about who we are and how we can benefit you. If you need to consult a psychiatrist for anxiety counselling in Edmonton, reach out to our specialists. Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., Jo Ann Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. is pleased to offer day, evening and weekend appointments. Schedule your consultation with us today.
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