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.
7 Signs 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
"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 or 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.
Symptoms of anxiety
Importantly, the good news is that anxiety is a treatable condition, and learning about it is an important first step.
What type of anxiety do you have? We are all unique, however many people experience similar physical symptoms of anxiety.
These can include:
a racing heart
feeling restless or on edge
hot and cold flushes
feeling panicky - that you may faint or pass out, or even die
These symptoms can feel overwhelming, and so 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.
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What causes anxiety?
Why do people get anxiety? Research indicates that anxiety can be caused by one, or a combination of factors. These include genetic factors, ongoing stress, family background, physical health issues, or a traumatic event.
We offer individual and group treatment options.
During your treatment we will start to 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 effects children 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.
Why CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy?
CBT is often referred to as a “first line treatment” for many anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
We have training in a range of different therapeutic approaches and strategies, and we will work with you to find the most helpful solutions for your problem.
Our CBT approach can incorporate elements of mindfulness therapy, narrative therapy, solution focused therapies and motivational strategies to help you achieve your goals.
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.
People can recover from anxiety.
We know that people with high levels of anxiety are often having a very difficult time. We hope you are doing okay.
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 avoid going out altogether.
People can recover from anxiety.
We strongly recommend seeking assessment and treatment from a health professional as soon as you can.
Research has led to the the grouping of symptoms to create disorders such as:
- generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
- social anxiety disorder
- panic disorder
- specific phobias
- obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
These groupings help us with research and finding out what treatments work. Your symptoms may fall into one of these categories and if so, this will help you understand what is happening when you become anxious.