The problem with anxiety is that it is part of life and it can be really useful sometimes. But you can have too much of a good thing and when anxiety starts showing up where it doesn’t belong or is out of proportion with the concern you’re dealing with, it starts to interfere with your life. If you’re struggling with problematic anxiety, you might notice that you worry most of the day,  always feel on edge, or that you carry lots of tension in your body. Rather than facing the task that causes you anxiety, you might find yourself distracting, worrying, and procrastinating. People with problematic anxiety tend to struggle with uncertainty, usually contributing to more worry.

What to expect from treatment for anxiety

Many people find that a better understanding of anxiety, and our unhelpful beliefs about anxiety, helps them get control. We typically discuss behavioural strategies that help take the “edge” off anxiety and allow you to face situations instead of avoiding them. We will talk about how you cope with anxiety, since sometimes the things we do can actually increase our anxiety in the long run. Reassurance-seeking, safety behaviours, and avoidance can all sustain anxiety. We might use exercises to reduce the amount of attention to anxious thoughts and to learn to tolerate uncertainty.