We all feel anxious from time to time – it’s a very normal human reaction when faced with change, uncertainty or expectation – however for many Australians, anxiety can be an almost crippling mental health issue that interferes with day to day living. Anxiety can manifest with psychological symptoms such as fear, rumination, nervousness, catastrophising, obsessive thinking or a general sense of doom. That is where an Anxiety Psychologist can help.
Anxiety can also be accompanied by physical systems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), upset tummy, sweating, breathing difficulties, sleep problems, shakiness, feeling light headed, muscular tension and even eating problems all of which are very uncomfortable.
Transform your anxiety If you are experiencing some of these symptoms – you may be suffering from anxiety. The good news is that anxiety can be treated very successfully with psychological interventions and our team have helped a range of patients from Heidelberg, Greensborough, Ivanhoe and Preston overcome their anxiety. At Relieve Psychology our team of psychologists are all experienced in anxiety treatment. Whether it’s Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Specific Phobia, Panic Attack, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or Social Anxiety we have a therapist who can work with you to get you into a much more comfortable and relaxed frame of mind.
We use a range of psychological therapies such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy, (ACT) Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) all of which are clinically proven to be highly effective at reducing the distressing symptoms of anxiety.
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Anxiety An anxiety disorder is a common mental illness defined by feelings of uneasiness, worry and fear. While anxiety occurs for everyone sometimes, a person with an anxiety disorder feels an inappropriate amount of anxiety more often than is reasonable. For example, an average individual may feel some anxiety before going to a dentist appointment but a person with anxiety disorder may feel anxiety every time they leave their home. Many people with an anxiety disorder do not realize they have a defined, treatable disorder and so anxiety disorders are thought to be underdiagnosed conditions.
People with an anxiety disorder often have co-occurring mental health problems, such as depression, and this can increase serious risks like suicide. Often severe anxiety disorder symptoms and panic attacks are a warning sign and increase the risk of suicide.
What are Anxiety Disorders Symptoms?
Specific symptoms vary by type of anxiety disorder, but typically, anxiety disorders are defined by:
- Feelings of being on edge or restlessness - Feelings of being fearful or powerless - Physical symptoms such as muscle tension, sweating or heart palpitations - A sense of doom or impending danger - Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank - Irritability - Sleep disturbances
The definition of an anxiety disorder also includes an impairment of day-to-day functioning. A person with an anxiety disorder often experiences a significantly reduced quality of life and anxiety disorders are associated with possibly fatal heart conditions.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Several types of anxiety disorders are identified in the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR).1 - Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) - Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) - Panic disorder - Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) - Agoraphobia - Social phobia, also referred to as social anxiety disorder - Specific phobia (also known as a simple phobia) - Adjustment disorder with anxious features - Acute stress disorder - Substance-induced anxiety disorder - Anxiety due to a general medical condition
Social phobia is the most common anxiety disorder and typically manifests before the age of 20. Specific, or simple phobias – such as a fear of snakes – are also very common with more than one-in-ten people experiencing a specific phobia in their lifetime.
Anxiety Disorder Treatment Anxiety Disorder Treatment is typically in the form of psychotherapy and is sometimes combined with medication. Anxiety disorders often occur with other disorders such a substance use disorder, so anxiety disorder treatment often includes the treatment for those disorders as well. Education about mental illness, anxiety disorders in particular, and lifestyle changes are often crucial to the success of anxiety disorder treatment.