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Anxiety is a feeling of worry, sometimes about a future event or for a reason you don’t know. It can cause undue stress on your mental health, and compound a variety of health problems. Anxiety can be treated.

Anxiety symptoms include:

  • Feeling of panic
  • Feeling you’re going to pass out
  • Trouble breathing,
  • Hot flashes or chills

We offer natural anxiety treatment here in our Toronto clinic. Below, a naturopath and counsellor will share how to deal with anxiety…

Dr. Chris Roberts, Naturopathic Doctor – Toronto, ON

  • Anxiety vs stress. While stress is often caused by something going on in your life right right now, anxiety is more about the future. It’s not always the result of an external challenge.
  • Naturopathic vs conventional treatments. A psychiatrist will prescribe anxiety medicine. A naturopath will prescribe herbs, supplements, counselling and acupuncture. Talk therapy can be helpful as well.
  • There are plenty of ways that anxiety can be exhibited such as phobias, panic attacks, panic disorder, etc. Any of these may affect the quality of life if it interferes in work or at home.
  • Anxiety disorders. Certain disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder is most likely due to trauma. However, research has shown that there are other factors that may cause anxiety. This includes hormonal issues, thyroid conditions, diet.

Jeff Duke, Counsellor/Registered Social Worker

  • Stress can be healthy. Some stress – called eustress – is helpful to get things done.
  • Symptoms of anxiety. Some people have generalized anxiety, which can be hard to figure out. They can be going about their business and then the next thing they know, they’re getting shortness of breath, feeling of Jell-o in their legs, and this sense of weird energy flowing through their arms, their palms sweat.
  • De-sensitization. Is a process where a therapist will get you into a state of calm and then take you to a situation that gives you anxiety. They’ll help you learn how to cope with it in your mind.

People might assume that need to have a psychological assessment before they go to see a therapist, and that’s not the case.

Anyone who is experimenting distress can come in to see a therapist, whether it’s from anxiety, or depression, or they are feeling stressed out and they don’t know how to manage it. I think right now, most people are coming in either knowing that they’ve got some sort of anxiety condition, or some level of depression, or are realizing that they’ve probably been through a lot and are probably experiencing trauma. Ideally people would be coming when they are just stressed out, long before it ever reaches that point, but, that’s not always the case, in fact, it rarely is. One person coming in with anxiety does not present the same as another person, and what’s going to work for one person is not going would  to work for another. Some might people respond well to heavy evidence based work like CBT. Some people are really geared towards wanting practical solutions; a step-by-step process that will help. With other people, you try to use that process that with them, and they think you are just reading out of a textbook. These people want to be listened to. Most of what I’ve done that is different over time has to do with who is in front of me. Some people are going to respond better to mindfulness approaches, some people are going to a lot of venting time, some people are going to need an empathic listener. Some people are not going to want a whole lot of empathic listening, because they want those solutions, and to have someone empathically listen to them might feel like babying to them. I’m constantly shifting based on who is in front of me.

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