Anxiety and Mental Illness Explored with Dr. Kyle Burns
Dr. Kyle Burns is a psychiatrist and Co-Director of VanPsych, a centre that provides high-quality, empirically supported and compassionate care for people with complex mental health challenges. Dr. Burns completed his medical degree and psychiatry training at the University of British Columbia and joined Anxiety Canada’s Board of Directors in 2016.
In this episode of #OurAnxietyStories Dr. Burns discusses his work as a psychiatrist. Dr. Burns shares that many severe mental illnesses, such as mood disorders and schizophrenia, tend to be intertwined with symptoms of anxiety. He notes that in these cases, anxiety is often overshadowed by more dramatic symptoms such as hallucinations. Dr. Burns also touches on the benefits of using medication as a tool for treatment, emphasizing that “the combination of medication and behavioural techniques can be really useful”.
"Even though it’s common and we all have some appreciation for what it is to be afraid, and what it is to feel anxiety, we underestimate how much people with anxiety disorders really suffer."