Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all experience. We as humans have evolved to be able to detect and quickly respond to danger. When we perceive a threat our bodies produce adrenaline and the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ mechanism kicks in. However, your anxiety has become a problem if you regularly overestimate danger and underestimate your ability to cope with it.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been proven to be an effective treatment for many different types of anxiety problems, such as:
- generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) or excessive worry
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- social anxiety / social phobia
- panic disorder
- health anxiety
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
CBT does not focus on trying to find an initial cause to your anxiety, but looks at what it is that you are doing and thinking in the here and now, which is maintaining it. As a result you will discover how to change the behaviours and thoughts that are maintaining your anxiety.