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Take Control of Your Anxiety by Laurie-Ann O'Connor, Harold Shinitzky, Chris Cortman

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2 Normal Anxiety

Anxiety is normal and is experienced by every living organism, right down to the sea slug.

—Dr. Neil A. Rector, PhD, C.Psych.,research scientist at the Sunnybrook ResearchInstitute (SRI), director of the Mood and AnxietyResearch and Treatment Program, and directorof research in the Department of Psychiatry at theSunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

What Dr. Neil Rector fails to relate in the above quote is that the typical sea slug is a very poor candidate for psychotherapy, due to a rather limited vocabulary; plus, most are uninsured.

Rick is a 55-year-old civil engineer with a remarkably stable 30-year career. But with the recent downturn in the local economy, the city manager elected to let Rick go along with his six-digit salary. ...

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