In Conversation Series #2
The second episode of our ‘In Conversation Series’ explores the concept of anxiety. Anxiety is the body’s basic survival mechanism, also known as the fight/flight response system, which becomes activated when we are in danger. Our anxiety system has evolved to mobilize the body to fight physical danger, but it can also become activated in response to social dangers, such as giving a presentation. We all experience anxiety in response to stress, adversity and challenge in our lives, but anxiety becomes problematic when the frequency and intensity of it causes distress in our lives, and interferes with our daily functioning. Since we all experience anxiety, we all need healthy ways of coping with anxiety. Medications and cognitive behavioural therapy can both be helpful in the treatment of problematic anxiety. Anxiety problems take a lot of strength and perseverance to manage, but the results are well worth it.