Simcoe Addiction and Mental Health

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety Treatment

Anxiety occurs for most people at some point throughout their day and is a common feeling to experience. Feelings of anxiety can be brought on by high stress situations such as having to cram for an exam or a job interview scheduled on short notice. Anxiety is normal and healthy, though it can cause a physical response in the body. 

Common signs of anxiety can include:

  • Feeling restless or nervous
  • Feeling a sense of pending doom or planning failure before the event has taken place
  • Increased heartrate
  • Hyperventilation

Anxiety may be accompanied with good feelings. You may be waiting on the birth of a child and feel elation and excitement, while also feeling anxious at the same time. Anxiety is not a bad thing; it is a human thing that can assist us with protecting ourselves in dangerous situations. Anxiety when associated with a particular event, experience or person may dissipate rather quickly and the symptoms leave soon after the situation has finished.

What to Expect at the End of Treatment?

It becomes problematic when anxiety is common throughout the day with no actual presenting factors. Generalized anxiety disorder is a psychological condition that makes an individual experience anxiety on a regular basis. Persistent and overwhelming thoughts of doom or failure dominates the thinking. Fear becomes a predominant emotion, which leads to people avoiding situations due to their overall feelings about the unfavorable outcome. The same physical symptoms exist for this disorder, however most often the feelings are more intense, and the duration is more often and frequent. 

Those struggling with anxiety may avoid social situations and events, due to the fear of being harmed or judged. People who struggle with this disorder have challenges with cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions describe a particular way of thinking that is unclear and at times incorrect. Some examples of cognitive distortions include:

  • Overgeneralization
  • All or nothing thinking
  • Jumping to conclusions
  • Mental filter
  • Emotional reasoning
  • Personalization

Cognitive distortions intensify anxiety. Certain ways of thinking lead to what is referred to as “racing thoughts”. An individual may proceed to create an entire story of the anticipated event in their head and consider every possible variable and what they could do or not do in each possible situation. Sounds complicated? It often is. The person may experience physical symptoms, simply from the thoughts they think. Personalization often refers to a person’s inability to detach themselves from an event. 

For example:

Your manager calls a meeting, and the entire team arrives for the meeting. During the meeting your manager looks irritated and frustrated, immediately they begin expressing their displeasure with the overall outcomes from the team. You begin to feel confused, stressed or guilty for not performing your duties well enough.

During the meeting your manager looks irritated and they immediately begin expressing their displeasure with the overall outcomes of the team. You begin to feel confused, stressed or guilty for not performing your duties well enough. You begin to see the speech as a direct and clear message to you. You confront the manager after the meeting, but he/she/they walk away frustrated. The rest of the team heard the message in the meeting and go home after the meeting. The message was clearly directed to the entire team and the overall quality of work. The meeting was not a 1-1 discussion with you about your performance, yet the feeling is real, and you may be responding with numerous feelings. Overgeneralizations are making a wide judgment based on a particular experience. For instance, your relationship goes wrong, and your belief becomes that every person is going to hurt you moving forward. At Simcoe Addiction and Mental Health you will learn in depth these ways of thinking and how they can be hindering you from living your life in a healthier way.

Treatment for Anxiety

There are numerous treatments for anxiety offered at Simcoe addiction and mental health. The amenities and surrounding property make for a safe and quiet place to start tackling these distorted thoughts and treating your anxiety. In more extreme cases the use of benzodiazepines maybe used to minimize the symptoms, so that a person can fully concentrate and focus on the programming. You or your loved one, will be taught ways to naturally de escalate yourself. This may include finding self soothing strategies to support you through episodes of anxiety. You will be taught through psycho-educational skills groups how to recognize what is happening in your body, as well as how to identify cognitive distortions. 

People may often experience anxiety while communicating to loved ones and in other social situations. We will teach you techniques to cope during these situations. Therapy sessions with your individual therapist will help you better understand what is happening and where the anxiety may have come from. You may be anxious about the idea of talking about your anxiety. If this is the case it is ok. We will begin the conversation and allow you to feel comfortable enough to begin the process of sharing. Reach out to our intake team today and inquire about our services.


Are you suffering from anxiety? If so, we are always accepting new patients on the road to recovery. Our admissions process is quick and thorough. You don’t need any kind of referral to be admitted. We can develop an anxiety treatment program that’s tailor-made for your needs.

One of the first steps is contacting us so we can establish what your requirements and individual issues are. At that time, we can also explain all of our different services and other options that you have to treat your anxiety.

Anxiety Treatment Plans

Simcoe Addiction and Mental Health offers completely customized treatment plans through our team of dedicated therapists and other professionals. This interdisciplinary team includes highly qualified individuals like psychologists and nursing staff as well as occupational therapists and addiction counselors.

We are always working to develop and apply evidence-based approaches to mental health issues like this one. Anxiety can stem from both depressive and traumatic disorders. We can put you on the road to recovery by treating complex and multiple mental illnesses.

Call us today, your recovery starts here.

Anxiety Retreat in Ontario

This type of therapy and others is specifically designed to treat a wide range of issues including anxiety. It can help prevent relapses of this kind of disorder. It’s also effective at helping to manage the symptoms of the same issue.

Our skill therapists help people learn the techniques they need to cope with stressful situations that can lead to issues. Identifying and implementing different strategies to manage emotions is another important aspect.


During your first session, we will ask a series of questions designed to gather information about you and what the concerns are you’d like to work on the most. Our therapists will ask you questions about your past and current emotional and physical health. The idea is to gain a deeper understanding of your unique situation and requirements.

Anxiety Therapy in Ontario

It’s not unusual to feel nervous or worried and even tense occasionally. This is a natural way that our bodies and minds manage stress. However, every individual deals with it in a different way. Different situations can cause people to react in unique ways. In some circumstances, people cope using what are sometimes negative harmful methods.

Our anxiety therapy in Ontario facility understands that anxiety related disorders can be a life-changing issue. If feelings of worry, fear and tension get in the way of your normal daily routine, you could have a disorder.

Certain types of counseling combined with medications can be helpful in treating a variety of different anxiety conditions. These can include panic disorders where a panic attack can be triggered by different situations and thoughts. Symptoms can include a pounding heart difficulty breathing and dizziness.


The type of treatments that we offer include cognitive behavioral therapy. There are several different steps and the first is identifying worrying and troubling conditions and situations in your life.

These sessions also to help you to become aware of the beliefs, emotions and thoughts that contribute to the apprehension. Identifying inaccurate or negative thinking and thoughts is another important part of this therapy.

After an initial assessment, we can determine how many sessions will work for you.

Frequently Asked Questions: Anxiety

Anxiety can indirectly cause chest pain. Anxiety can trigger panic attacks which in turn can lead to tightness or pain in the chest.  

This will vary for every individual but there are some common approaches to controlling anxiety. 

Breathing exercises, speaking with a health professional, friend or family member and incorporating exercise on a regular basis are all beneficial. 

There are short and long-term strategies to stop an anxiety attack. In the moment you can try breathing exercises and practice mindfulness techniques. Long-term strategies can include engaging in light exercise on a regular basis and ongoing psychotherapy. In some cases speaking to a doctor about medication is helpful. 

Yes, dizziness is a common symptom associated with anxiety.

Yes, anxiety can cause nausea along with other gastrointestinal problems. 

Canada officially acknowledges the long-term effects of anxiety and considers anxiety a disability. If diagnosed with anxiety one may be eligible to receive a disability tax credit.  

Canada officially acknowledges the long-term effects of anxiety and considers anxiety a disability. If diagnosed with anxiety one may be eligible to receive a disability tax credit.  

Anxiety can indirectly cause diarrhea. The body releases hormones when a person is worried which can upset the gut flora as they enter the digestive tract. This in turn can create gastrointestinal issues which lead to diarrhea. 

Anxiety does not cause high blood pressure. The stress from anxiety can cause temporary increases in blood pressure, but it doesn’t lead to long-term hypertension. 

Anxiety can be genetic. Anxiety disorders can also be caused by environmental factors.  

The difference between anxiety and depression is the feelings and sensations that occur. Anxiety creates feelings of dread, worry and nervousness. Depression causes feelings of hopelessness, sadness and reduced energy. 

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