We use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) during anxiety counselling to teach anxiety patients to overcome the thoughts and behaviors that sustain anxiety symptoms and potentially lead to panic attacks. Two types of thinking errors are generally at the core of most anxiety disorders. People who are more prone to anxiety tend to:
- Overestimate the danger of potential threats, such as difficult thoughts and unexpected physical sensations, and;
- Underestimated their ability to respond to these threats.
Together, these errors will unnecessarily activate the body's alarm and defense mechanisms. Anxiety sufferers regard the physical arousal that accompanies these thoughts as sign of 'danger', so they usually try to reduce contact with people and places, or avoid situations and interactions that could reactivate any of the negative feelings. Although aimed at helping you get rid of anxiety, this avoidance strategy actually ensures the symptons continue by not allowing the anxious individual to learn that those beliefs are false or that what causes these fears can be managed and are not as scary as they may seem.
Are you suffering from an Anxiety disorder?
There are many types of anxiety disorders. Anxiety is characterized by feelings of panic, sweating, fast breathing, constant sense of danger, increased heart rate, or even shortness of breath. You may feel the need to avoid certain places, objects or situations (social or otherwise). In order to deal with anxious feelings you may perform certain acts or rituals to try to control persistent thoughts, fears or find comfort from them. Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?
- Excessive Worry
- Irrational Fears
- Sleep Problems
- Muscle Tension
- Chronic Indigestion
- Stage Fright
- Low Self-Esteem
- Compulsive Behaviours
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, then you would greatly benefit from psychoterapy.
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