Living with Anxiety: How to move ahead

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Presented by Dr. Jakov Shlik, Clinical Director, Mood and Anxiety, and Operational Stress Injuries Clinic at our monthly Conversations lecture series.

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  • The work of Robert Leahy is very helpful to understand how CBT works. This is taken from his rulebook on how to be an anxious person. You can see that this is not difficult – take all threats seriously and try to avoid them by all means, patients with AD are certainly good at it.
  • Living with Anxiety: How to move ahead

    1. 1. Living with Anxiety: How to Move Ahead? Jakov Shlik MD, PhD, FRCPC Mood & Anxiety Program and OSI Clinic
    2. 2. Anxiety Disorders are Common             1 in 5 in lifetime; 1 in 10 in a given year
    3. 3. Born to be afraid
    4. 4. Fear is about survival When you drop under that and experience the fear without trying to change it, just letting it be, then it becomes still. When you open your heart to fear, rather than trying to fight it or deny it or even overcome it, then you find it is just energy. Gangaji
    5. 5. The Two Faces of Anxiety Illustration by Serge Bloch for TIME It can paralyze you - or help you move faster.
    6. 6. The new worry epidemic Experts now argue it can have devastating effects on work, health and children Anne Kingston February 5, 2014
    7. 7. Multitude of Experiences
    8. 8. Manifold Diagnoses
    9. 9. Burden • High prevalence • Early onset • Long-lasting or recurrent course • Lost productivity and disability • Cost to individual, family, society
    10. 10. Complexity
    11. 11. Barriers • Self-stigma • Public stigma • Low detection rate • Low treatment rate • Limited access to treatment • Limited treatment effectiveness
    12. 12. Causes Brain Personality Threat Environment Genes
    13. 13. Anxiety Disorders and Functioning Cognition: understanding, communicating Mobility: moving and getting around Self-care: hygiene, staying alone, eating Getting along: interacting with people Life activities: domestic, leisure, work & school Participation: community activities
    14. 14. Anxiety occurs when perceived risk of threat outweighs perceived resources for coping Beck et al 1985
    15. 15. The Anxiety (Free) Rule Book Leahy 2008
    16. 16. Help yourself?
    17. 17. Apps for Anxiety

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