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Common Conditions addressed at the CCT

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by exaggerated worry and tension in a way that is out of proportion to the current degree of threat to the individual. Frequently anticipating disaster, and/or having exaggerated concerns about health, financial security, or work challenges are common symptoms of GAD.

Physical symptoms often accompany GAD, such as fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, difficulty swallowing, sweating, nausea, feeling out of breath, and insomnia.

Individuals with GAD are aware that their worries are excessive, but are unable to believe that they are safe and secure. In many cases the anxiety is so overwhelming that it has a very negative effect on their career and interpersonal relationships.

GAD is one of the most common disorders that psychologists encounter in their practice, and it is very responsive to treatment with Cognitive Behavioural therapy. Often clients have been prescribed anxiolytic or antidepressant medication to reduce the intensity of their experience of anxiety. With Cognitive Therapy, clients learn to manage anxiety-provoking thoughts and behaviours so that medication may be discontinued or at least reduced.