Anxiety                                

Approximately 500,000 Australians experience panic disorder
each year. The good news is anxiety is treatable,

Everyone experiences anxiety.

But when the symptoms seem to be there most days, or when they begin to interfere with your life, or stop you getting on with things, it may be time to think about getting professional help.

About Anxiety

“Don’t worry, be happy.” – says the song, but is it really that easy?

The bad news is that millions of Australians suffer from anxiety disorders, such as generalised anxiety, social anxiety or panic.

The good news is anxiety is treatable.

Anxiety affects about 14% of Australians in any year. Anxiety can affect anyone, and left untreated, anxiety can lead to low mood and have a big impact on your daily life.

Anxiety can start in childhood. We know that the earlier you begin treatment, the better.

However, we have worked with adult clients who have lived with severe anxiety for most of their life to make incredible change, as well as with children of all ages – from pre-schoolers refusing to separate from their mothers to adolescents who no longer want to mix with their peers due to social anxiety.

It’s never too early to start treatment – and it’s never too late to begin.

If you feel like anxiety is getting in your way, you can get help.

7 Signs of anxiety

Symptoms of Anxiety

  • 1 – Feeling nervous, anxious or on edge
  • 2- Not being able to stop or control worrying
  • 3 – Worrying too much about different things
  • 4 – Trouble relaxing
  • 5 – Being so restless that it is hard to sit still
  • 6 – Becoming easily annoyed or irritable
  • 7 – Feeling afraid as if something awful might happen

We all experience anxiety occasionally, but people with anxiety conditions find that the anxiety impacts on their quality of life, or ability to get things done. Although we are all unique, many people experience similar physical symptoms of anxiety.

These symptoms can include:

Physical symptoms: panic attacks, feeling tearful, hot and cold flushes, sweating, racing heart, tightening of the chest, shaking hands, quick breathing, restlessness, or feeling tense, wound up and edgy

Psychological symptoms: excessive fear or worry, catastrophising,
ruminating and obsessive thinking

Behavioural symptoms: because the physical and psychological
symptoms can feel overwhelming, people with anxiety naturally tend
to want to avoid situations that might trigger their anxiety. For example,
children who get anxious in social situations may try to avoid going to school, adults may avoid social events.

What causes anxiety?

Research indicates that anxiety isn’t caused by a single factor but by a combination of things. These can include genetic factors, ongoing stress, personality factors, difficult life experiences and physical health issues.

Sometimes anxiety seems to run in a family. Even so, having a parent or close relative with anxiety or another mental health condition doesn’t mean you’ll automatically develop anxiety too.

Stressful events can be a trigger for anxiety. Stressful events can include a range of experiences, including:

  • family and relationship problems
  • emotional shock following stressful or traumatic events
  • redundancy or job change
  • changes in living arrangements
  • pregnancy and birth
  • verbal, sexual, physical or emotional abuse or trauma
  • death or loss of a loved one

We do know that everyone is unique – and ultimately, it’s often a combination of factors that contributes to developing an anxiety condition. Sometimes it can be impossible to identify the cause of anxiety, and sometimes it can be impossible to change difficult circumstances.

It’s important to seek advice and support, including a thorough assessment by your GP to rule out any underlying physical conditions which can mimic anxiety (e.g. overactive thyroid), or may be contributing.

Treating Anxiety

The good news is that symptoms can reduce with successful treatment, and many people with anxiety find day to day life significantly improved following treatment.

CBT is often referred to as a “first line treatment” for many anxiety
disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific
phobias.

Our CBT approach can incorporate elements of mindfulness therapy,
narrative therapy, solution focused therapies, and motivational strategies to help you achieve your goals.

We know one size doesn’t fit all. Treatment is tailored to your strengths
– in addition to CBT, we have training in a wide range of different
therapeutic approaches and strategies, and we will work with you to find the most helpful solutions.

Treatments for anxiety

We offer individual and group treatment options.

During your treatment we will explore the causes of your anxiety, teach you to recognise and gain control over your symptoms, and find helpful ways of reducing and managing anxious thoughts and behaviours.

Anxiety affects children, adolescents and adults. We offer evidence based therapies, including the “Cool Kids”, “Cool Little Kids” and “Chilled” programs.

If you, or someone you care about suffers from anxiety, call us now
for a confidential discussion about how therapy can help.

Types of Anxiety disorders

Research has led to the grouping of anxiety symptoms. These groupings help us with research and finding out what treatments work. It’s likely that your symptoms will fall into one or more of these categories – we assess this during your first visits to determine which treatment will be most
effective for you. Anxiety disorders include:

  • generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • social anxiety disorder
  • panic disorder
  • agoraphobia
  • specific phobias
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

We know that people with high levels of anxiety are often having a very difficult time. We hope you are doing okay. It’s important to remember that people can recover from anxiety.

Whatever shape your anxiety takes, it is likely it may:

  • affect your ability to concentrate
  • affect your sleep
  • increase your level of stress
  • make it hard to carry out ordinary tasks at work, home or school
  • lead you to avoid social situations – or in severe cases, to avoid going out altogether.

If you or a loved one has anxiety, It’s important to be compassionate, and to seek help – remember that people can recover from anxiety.