In my previous post I talked about how anxiety can be such an overwhelming experience. So many of my clients had tried to “get rid” of their anxiety but continued to struggle. One of the reasons it is so hard to overcome problematic anxiety is because the very strategies we use to cope with anxiety actually feed the anxiety and make it worse over time.
In the over 10 years that I have been practicing as a psychologist in London, Ontario one of the most common concerns that clients come to me with is anxiety. Clients have lots of different ways of describing this experience. Stressed out. Burnt out. Overwhelmed. Can’t stop worrying. Agitated. Most clients have tried very hard to manage their anxiety on their own, many for years. Lots of clients are taking anxiety medication. But it's just not working…anxiety and worry keep coming back. Chronic worry and fear are still ever-present.