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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic and extreme worry combined with persistent feelings of tension, nervousness or anxiousness. People with GAD often describe themselves being anxious and worried all of the time. They are always expecting something bad to happen and planning for the worst. They describe themselves as feeling “restless,” “keyed-up,” or “on edge.” The chronic anxiety of GAD is often associated with sleep difficulties, irritability, difficulty concentrating, muscle pain, tension headaches and stomach problems.

People with GAD often feel a sense of doom or dread. Even though they realize that their extreme anxiety is out of proportion to the reality of the situation, they find it difficult to control their worry.

Some people with GAD only worry about one thing. However, most people with GAD describe themselves as being “worried all the time about everything,” including health, relationships, work, school, finances, and the future.

By definition, GAD is a chronic problem. In order to be diagnosed with GAD a person has to have a worry problem that has interfered with their life and caused them significant distress for more than six months.

GAD can be a serious problem and the symptoms often occur along with symptoms of depression and other anxiety problems. Fortunately, GAD is very treatable with Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The first step towards effective CBT for GAD is a proper and thorough differential diagnostic assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist.

Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?


  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete any recognized training program in psychotherapy, with 450 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision. In contrast, to... Read More

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