Struggling with the feeling that something bad is about to happen?
Do you worry excessively about the past, present or future?
Having difficulty concentrating or remembering things?
You’re not the only one. In fact, 1 in 4 Australians are affected by anxiety during their lifetime.
Did you know?
Every year, around 2 million Australians are affected by anxiety disorders.
Mental Health Statistics Australia
What is Anxiety?
We all feel anxious from time to time. Preparing for a job interview, getting ready for an exam or meeting people for the first time, anxiety is a normal part of life.
However, sometimes worry can get out of hand and take over your life. Excessive worry can reach the point where it affects your day-to-day life to the point it consumes you. It’s important to take action when this happens so you can find professional help to get your life back on track.
Anxiety comes in different shapes and forms. You may experience mild symptoms, which are easily managed, or you may feel overwhelmed by your anxious thoughts leaving you feel debilitated and out of control.
At its worst, you may have intense and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations, leading to an extreme sense of terror in a matter of minutes, known as panic attacks. Some people develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, characterised by the need to perform rituals.
Symptoms of Anxiety
You’re likely to experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Increased awareness of your heart beating
- Churning stomach
- Chest tightness
- Tense muscles
- Sweaty palms
Anxiety can wreak havoc on your life but there’s hope.
You can learn to manage and overcome anxiety with evidence-based professional support.
How I can help
Treatment for Anxiety
It’s no easy thing to admit you can’t fix issues on your own. Maybe you’ve tried everything but to no avail. The good news is that there’s an evidence-based treatment for anxiety. As a highly experienced clinical psychologist, I’ve received specific training in diagnosing and treating mental health disorders.
Over the past 13 years, I’ve worked with people from different backgrounds using mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), as well as Mindfulness Training.
Don’t lose hope.
Professional treatment is available and has helped many people who’ve wrestled with this crippling condition. The first step is always the hardest but it’s the beginning of a journey to recovery and a hope-filled future.
The prospect of talking to a psychologist about your innermost thoughts and fears may fill you with doubt or dread. It’s certainly a major decision to seek professional help and you may have lots of questions.
Whether you’ve worked with a psychologist before or it’s your first time to get help for dealing with your anxiety, I’ve tried to answer as many questions as possible: