Is treatment for you?Many discard their symptoms as “not severe enough” or “too severe” to be helped. Are the symptoms you feel disrupting your life? Is the anxiety preventing you from living the life you desire? We can’t tell you if you need treatment but as clinical psychologists that have helped patients manage anxiety in the past, we can point you in the right direction. In Australia, Anxiety affects one in four people! Anxiety is treatable and the earlier you seek support the better the outcome. Sometimes treatment includes both psychological intervention and medication, however, this can be decided after having an assessment that involves both your General Practitioner and Clinical Psychologist.
How we help with anxietyEvery client's experiences and symptoms are unique to them, therefore it’s important to take time to understand your situation so that we can develop an individualised treatment plan. During treatment, we will explore the different reasons why you feel anxiety, introduce therapeutic approaches and help manage the symptoms with a personalised solution.
What is anxiety and do I have it?Almost everyone has felt anxious or stressed in response to pressure. Anxiety, however, is different because the feelings don’t subside even when the pressure is off. The feelings can be very hard to manage or control. It can be hard to know if you have anxiety. Below are some common symptoms.
SymptomsSymptoms can include a feeling of fear and this is often accompanied by an intense physical response (due to the arousal of the nervous system). Physical symptoms can include increased heart rate, nausea, dizziness, tingling hands, wobbly legs and an urge to urinate. Cognitive symptoms include interpreting the situation as catastrophic, which then affects behaviour such as avoiding situations.
There are varying types of anxiety disorders:Some people can experience excessive general worry and anxiety over a long period of time, at least six months, and this is called Generalised Anxiety Disorder.
Some people can have significant anxiety that is triggered by social or performance situations, which may result in avoiding these situations. This is termed Social Phobia.
Specific Phobia is as the name suggests. Some people can experience significant anxiety that is provoked by being exposed to a particular thing or situation, for example, seeing a spider or snake, or getting on a plane. Again, this usually leads to trying to avoid particular things or situations.
For some people, they can experience obsessive thoughts and/or compulsions (compulsions are behaviours that serve to neutralise the obsessive thoughts). This type of anxiety is termed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a type of anxiety that is triggered by a person experiencing a traumatic event that led them to believe they may die, and the person experiences intense fear and horror as a response.
Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety that causes people to experience recurrent panic attacks, sometimes also experiencing Agoraphobia. Agoraphobia is when a person is very fearful of and often avoids being in a situation where they find it hard to escape. A panic attack is when you can experience a feeling of fear accompanied by an intense physical reaction. This can include increased heart rate, feeling nauseaus, dizziness, tingling hands, wobbly legs and an urge to urinate. Cognitive symptoms include interpreting the situation as catastrophic.
Although it is easy to label disorders, we understand that everyones symptom, thoughts and feelings are different. At Vivid Psychology you are treated as a person and not as a disorder.