Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness and unease about an imminent event or something about to occur in the future. 1 in 4 Canadians will have at least one anxiety disorder in their lifetime. There are several types of anxiety disorders but I will focus on Generalized Anxiety as this seems to be the most common one I see in my practice.
When obsessive worry becomes daily it interferes with daily living and severely impedes quality of life. Sometimes there are biological causes which need to be ruled out but mostly it is a maladaptive coping technique. It is a thinking disorder essentially.
I work with my patients to identify the negative thoughts and beliefs that are causing anxious feelings and replacing those thoughts with realistic positive ones. I treat the whole person, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.