Anxiety is the number one mental health reason Canadians seek out psychotherapy.
Low levels of anxiety can persist for years – and many people just get used to it. People tend to start to wonder if they need to see a therapist when it starts to interfere with their work, romantic, family relationships and friendships.
One of the reasons anxiety can be hard to understand, or identify with at first, is because anxiety is normal! Yes, you read that right. It’s a normal human response to a stressor or stimuli. Anxiety is an adaptive response that all human beings have, telling us when we are in danger. When our primitive ancestors were faced with the saber-toothed tiger, their bodies were immediately flooded with hormones and chemical messengers released from their brains enabling them either run, or fight. That physiological response enabled us to survive - to physically fight, or to run away, from danger – the famous ‘fight or flight’ response.
This makes good sense, right?
Anxiety starts to become a problem when you react as if there is danger, when there in fact is no danger.