What is Anxiety?

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There are many types of anxiety disorders, each of which has a slightly different presentations. Anxiety can generally be defined as excessive worrying to the point that it interferes in daily life. Anxiety is the result of internal factors, such as brain chemistry and conditioning, though it can be triggered by external factors. Anxiety is an ongoing condition that is present regardless of external factors in contrast to stress which is a reaction to a high pressure or threatening situation. Anxiety has both mental and physical symptoms. The physical symptoms include excessive sweating, quickened heart rate, weak muscles, and difficulty breathing. Anxiety is also closely linked to sleeping problems.

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What Is A Panic Attack?

A panic attack is an abrupt surge of intense fear or discomfort that reaches a peak within minutes. The symptoms of a panic attack include: accelerated heart rate, sweating, shaking, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, and several others. Panic attacks can be isolated incidents, or can be caused by a panic disorder. A panic disorder is when a person experiences repeated and unexpected panic attacks. Some people who have anxiety may experience panic attacks during periods of high anxiety.

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What is Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder. It is characterized by the intense fear of being judged negatively by others or being publicly embarrassed. This fear results in avoidance behaviours such as avoiding social situations. Social anxiety is more severe than shyness. Many aspects of life can be impacted by social anxiety such as school, work, and relationships. Social anxiety often also includes a fear of public speaking and of large crowds.

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based type of therapy that can treat a wide variety of mental disorders. It is a common treatment for anxiety, social anxiety and depression, with evidence showing it to be equally as helpful as medications. CBT focuses on the present and on breaking negative thought patterns. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is also adaptable to children, adolescents, and couples.

Online Therapy For Anxiety & Social Anxiety

Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is proven to be equally effective in treating anxiety and social anxiety as in-person CBT. In some cases, online therapy for anxiety and social anxiety is more effective since the client is able to stay in their comfort zone. CBT is proven to be highly effective in treating anxiety and social anxiety. CBT focuses on breaking negative thought cycles. CBT can help identify negative thought biases and work to correct them. Online therapy for anxiety and social anxiety is as effective as medication in many cases.

Online Therapy For Panic Attacks

Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is proven to be effective in preventing panic attacks. Counselling is normally the first course of treatment for mild to moderate panic attacks and panic disorder. CBT is effective and the preferred treatment for many panic attacks since this type of treatment involves changing thought processes and behaviours.

Who are TranQool Therapists?

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TranQool therapists are registered social workers and psychologists in Ontario. Our therapists specialize in providing online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

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