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Many people suffer from anxiety. Anxiety is best described as a persistent fear or worry that can interfere with daily living. Often, individuals can experience anxiety around specific stressful events. The issue comes when this feeling of anxiety is so acute, or persistent, that it interferes with one’s ability to enjoy their life.

Anxiety can manifest at any time in one’s life and doesn’t require a particular stressor or event to activate. Additionally, anxiety may surface years after a particular event, causing fear and alarm in an affected person. Because anxiety can take on so many forms, we prefer to gather information early on about the nature of one’s anxiety before making recommendations and offering different therapeutic approaches.



Many neurodivergent individuals can present with various hypersensitivities that can promote feelings of anxiety. Additionally, some neurodivergent individuals may also present with social anxiety due to the need for social masking. These factors can add complications when understanding the nature of one’s anxiety, leading to some autistic and ADHD clients to feel frustrated with traditional therapeutic approaches.

Because of this, we don’t just “target” anxiety when using our therapeutic approach. Instead, we use a more wholistic approach to therapy that incorporates one’s neurodivergency and sensory needs. This way, we can better understand specific triggers for anxiety and can potentially help you to find creative solutions to your anxiety rtiggers.


Did you know that hypersensitivities can affect a variety of areas?

Although at times, anxiety can manifest from seemingly “irrational” places, sometimes it is a response to one’s hypersensitivities. For neurodivergent individuals especially, sometimes our nervous system can detect things at a higher level than average. Because of this, some sights, sounds, smells, feelings or textures might trigger our stress and anxiety response.

This response doesn’t just get triggered by our senses either. Various physical, mental, emotional, social and meaning-based triggers can exist as well. Our nervous systems are complicated and can detect a lot of nuance, meaning that anxiety can also manifest from a variety of triggers. Working with a therapist that understands these triggers and can help you to identify them can boost your awareness, potentially leading to your own custom solutions!

Frequently Asked Questions

Anxiety is your body’s natural emotional response to feelings of stress. Those who suffer from anxiety often have recurring feelings and thoughts of apprehension or fear regarding specific stressors.


Managing anxiety can be simple in some contexts and very complex in others. Because our nervous systems are so complex and can detect a variety of nuances, many different triggers can exist for a person’s anxiety. This is why working with a professional can help to identify these triggers.

Anxiety attacks are uncontrollable episodes of intense feelings of anxiety and stress that can occur without warning. Anxiety attacks are also commonly referred to as “panic attacks”. Typically, these episodes subside on their own, but can have lingering affects. Individuals that suffer from anxiety towards the possibility of future anxiety attacks are often assessed for “panic disorder”.


During an anxiety attack you may experience the following sensations: shortness of breath, a significantly increased heart rate, chest pain, a sense of overwhelming panic, and other generalized sensations of worry. Some individuals may also disassociate during an anxiety attack. Anxiety attacks are uncontrollable, unpredictable, and can happen during any part of your day.


Anxiety can be caused by any type of thought, feeling, sensation or occasion that makes you nervous or stressed. Anxiety can be prolonged, temporary, a frequent occurrence, or it can be related to one specific situation.


According to Statistics Canada, anxiety disorders are frequently assessed across all age groups. Anxiety can also be a trigger for someone to recognize that they may be neurodivergent.


Overcome Mental & Emotional Health Challenges with
Kalon Roy, RP

Committed to Your Unique Needs

I am Kalon Roy, a registered psychotherapist since 2017. I work with individuals, couples, and families to address various mental and emotional health challenges. My approach focuses on understanding your unique situation rather than relying solely on a diagnosis. Through empathy and personalized treatment plans, I aim to tackle the roots of your problems and help you reach your goals.
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