Yes. Anecdotally, we feel this is true based on the clients we see -but we still fact check. According to the World Health Organization, there has been a 25% increase in anxiety and depression in the wake of the pandemic. That's why we created "The Anxiety Centre" page.
Firstly, anxiety is perfectly normal. In fact, we need it to survive. The fight-or-flight response that anxiety produces provides our body with the adrenaline we need to deal with threatening situations.
Well, that is up to you. The anxiety response can become maladaptive when it interferes with your daily life. This occurs when you find yourself "on alert" more than you would like to be, when you feel anxious in the absence of actual threats, or when you often find yourself to be overwhelmed.
Anxiety can manifest in many different ways. Social anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and specific phobias are just a few.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for the behaviours associated with anxiety, so we incorporate this. However, we believe that having a full understanding of the development of your anxiety should form the basis of your treatment plan. Accordingly, we gently explore your experience and avoidance of the emotions associated with your anxiety.