Anxiety is common in Canada.
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, mood and/or anxiety disorders are common and individuals are active in learning more about the condition:
In 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians (11.6%) aged 18 years or older reported that they had a mood and/or anxiety disorder. Most people with mood and/or anxiety disorder(s) are currently taking, or have taken, prescription medication(s) (93%), but few (20%) have received psychological counselling to help manage their disorder(s). 83% said that they have educated themselves about their disorder(s). Becoming more informed about their disorder(s) and adopting good sleep habits are common coping strategies; however, engaging in other self-management strategies such as physical activity/exercise, meditative practices and developing a care plan are less common.
And from the Mental Health Commission of Canada:
- One in five people in Canada will experience a mental health problem or illness in any given year, with a cost of over $50 billion to our economy.
- 70% of adults living with a mental health problem or illness say their symptoms started in childhood.
- 60% of people with a mental health problem or illness won’t seek help for fear of being labeled.
- 500,000 Canadians, in any given week, are unable to work due to mental health problems or illnesses.
- One in three workplace disability claims are related to mental health problems or illnesses.
A new perspective on anxiety.
We associate anxiety as a mental health disorder. What if we reframed it to be a natural reaction to life’s events. When there is uncertainty, instability or change, our body reacts because things are not as we expect.
From this perspective, we can use our reactions (anxiety, fear, anger) as information. We can identify the triggers to the response and take action to process the trigger.
A preferred treatment for anxiety.
In November 2017, we conducted an international survey of psychologists, psychotherapists and coaches who have trained in the Logosynthesis® method. They report using the technique to treat symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, burnout and others. They attribute overall effectiveness, speed of work, ease of use, client comfort and targets presented issue as the key benefits which make this their preferred treatment method.
The work is fast and effective when there is trust in the process. It does not require a deep understanding of how the process works. The challenge is that this treatment is new and requires us to reevaluate what we have learned. If we can gain acceptance, especially at a leadership level, we can begin to enjoy life more fully by learning a tool to neutralize our reactions and to create safety for others to explore their reactions.
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