Anxiety refers to a natural reaction that helps us adapt and manage life's challenges by recognizing potential dangers or threats. It serves as a useful tool in various situations. However, Operine Banton of Mandala Counselling, who offers in-person and online services in Surrey, BC, and serves the communities of White Rock, Delta, Cloverdale, and Langley, notes that when/if anxiety becomes severe, persistent, and your everyday routine, it may rise to a level that is considered an anxiety disorder.

Types of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders, which are listed among a group of mental health conditions, can affect thoughts, emotions, and one’s overall physical well-being. Anxiety types include -

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder - Those who have GAD, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder, typically face uncontrollable and excessive worry about everyday life events and relationships.  
  • Social Anxiety Disorder - Individuals experiencing anxiety around social situations typically fear being embarrassed, judged, or humiliated in public by others. This type of anxiety can cause people to proactively avoid situations in which this judgment may occur – parties, get-togethers, etc.  
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - People with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder experience ongoing, chronic, unwanted thoughts. Compulsions are repetitive mental acts/behaviors that individuals feel driven to do in response to an obsession.
  • Phobias - These are intense fears triggered by specific situations/objects. For example, they may include –

•   Fear of crowds.
•   A fear of spiders.
•   A fear of flying.
•   Fear of heights or any other phobic reaction resulting in avoidance behaviors.

  • Panic Disorder - Individuals who struggle with unexpected panic attacks experience sudden episodes of intense fear or overwhelming discomfort that is often characterized by sweating, trembling, a rapid heartbeat, and a profound feeling of impending catastrophe.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD generally develops from trauma, with symptoms that include –

•   Flashbacks.
•   Severe anxiety.
•   Nightmares.
•   Overwhelming thoughts associated with the trauma.

  • Separation Anxiety Disorder - Excessive anxiety about separation - which can be simply from home or from anyone to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment.

Anxiety Treatment Options

Treatment options may include therapy (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy), lifestyle changes, and stress-management techniques.

Contact an Online and In-person Surrey, BC, Counselor Today

For more information about anxiety counseling options, contact Operine Banton or a staff member of Mandala Counselling at 604-552-3612 or online. We look forward to providing in-office or telehealth counseling from the comfort of your home or office.

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