That uneasy feeling you get when you hear a strange noise is really your body’s way of alerting you to potential dangers. That discomfort is short lived and then you get back to your day. But for more than 4 million Canadians that feeling of unease turns to dread and it never goes away. Irrational fears and anxiety grow until medical intervention is needs. That is living with anxiety and you or someone you love is suffering in silence right now.
Symptoms of anxiety are often misdiagnosed as they can mimic other diseases, making it hard for physicians to diagnose. Depression and anxiety often go hand in hand and many of the symptoms overlap. There are a variety of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety and PTSD to name a few. All manifest differently and patients need customized treatments. Here at Calgary Counselling Partners we have worked with a broad spectrum of patients and often they can find relief from the symptoms of anxiety in a very short time.
Treating Anxiety with Medication
Medication and therapy often go hand in hand and we will work with your primary care physician on your treatment plans. Medication can help keep the anxiety under control while therapy can help work through the issues that cause your anxiety.
Therapy for Anxiety
One of the treatments we use to help patients with anxiety is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT helps a patient by providing a safe environment where they can confront their fears. With exposure to their object of fear a patient can learn to take control of their responses to fear. This is all done in a safe environment with medical supervision.
We also encourage lifestyle changes to help manage your anxiety. Stimulants like caffeine and nicotine can exacerbate your symptoms and at the same time regular exercise can help release endorphins that give you a feeling of well-being. Our therapists will also help you with breathing exercises that you can use when to help manage panic attacks. We can offer patients hypnotherapy as well to help bring your anxiety under control.
We understand how anxiety can impact your life and just how crippling it can be. We can help change all of that and give you the tools you need to manage your anxiety. This is your life and you deserve the chance to live it on your terms, let our team help you do just that.
If you would like to meet with someone to discuss how we can help your anxiety then please contact us.