Anxious? You are not alone !

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Starting February 16th, local Registered Clinical Counsellor Chris Drummond is offering Managing Anxiety during evening hours in Powell River. For more info: chrisdrummondcounselling@gmail.com or call 604-483-6337.

Dave is a 38-year old electrical engineer, who becomes beset by worry, uncertain about whether he double-checks the numbers on his work before sending it to his project group to review. His worry has made him inattentive, which creates more worry – even though he has never failed to produce accurate work in the past. Dave knows that incorrect figures will cause additional work and costs, and his constant worry, “Did I double-check?” grows into “I may have made a terrible mistake and no one will catch it, and the whole project will be done poorly. I will be fired and never get another job!” The true part of Dave’s worry – that it would be a problem if he made an error – was completely distorted by the time his anxiety was done with it. Dave’s thoughts of failure and ruination pursued him and were hard to shake off. Dave’s preoccupation with work-related errors caused him to neglect to attend to his personal responsibilities – he forgot to pick his kids up after school. He also forgot to pay an outstanding bill, and these errors understandably increased his upset and worry. Dave felt as if every part of his life created something to worry about, and his constant internal drive to worry was noticeable. Dave’s wife was becoming frustrated with his unrelenting restlessness, worry and inability to be in the moment. He in turn, was irritated with his wife’s assumption that what he had on his mind was no big deal. In truth, Dave also knew it was no big deal, but he could not stop the thoughts, and he could not work hard enough to feel safe. His mind always found something to get carried away with.

Dave, like many others, suffers from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), which can be typified as worry without reason. No amount of rationalizing relieves the inner sense of dread, and no amount of reassurance from others relieves the worry. Although kernels of truth exist as the seeds of worry, there is often no significant cause for the worry in the first place.

People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder become experts at worrying about things that may never happen and over which they have no control. The intensity of the anxiety that a person with GAD experiences is entirely out of proportion to any actual need for concern, and the GAD sufferer becomes preoccupied with constantly reviewing, fretting or rehashing. Concentration and attention both suffer when worry preoccupies the mind.

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Group therapy can be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders and can be done in addition to individual therapy. Group therapy for anxiety disorders helps normalize one’s struggles and gives individuals a wide range of strategies to help them cope, learn, grow, and move forward in life.

Starting February 16th, local Registered Clinical Counsellor Chris Drummond is offering Managing Anxiety during evening hours in Powell River. For more info: chrisdrummondcounselling@gmail.com or call 604-483-6337.

 

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