The research tells us that anxiety affects about 14% of adult Australians in any year. It can affect anyone, men, women, young adults and older adults. Left untreated, anxiety can lead to low mood and have a big impact on your daily life.
Anxiety can start in childhood. And it can also onset in the teenage years. For others it onsets or worsens later in life. We know that the earlier you begin treatment, the better.
At Mindworx Psychology we have worked with adult clients who have lived with severe anxiety for most of their life to make incredible change. We love early intervention for child anxiety, seeing children of all ages – from pre-schoolers refusing to separate from their mothers, to adolescents and young adults who no longer want to mix with their peers due to social anxiety. And we adore seeing the transformations that can occur with late intervention too. Sometimes, for whatever reason, early intervention is not possible – but the great news is that neuroplasticity and new learning is possible at every age. For many of our clients, realising they too suffer from anxiety happens when they bring their child for treatment!
We work with adults who may be experiencing social anxiety that may get in the way of going to parties, social events or making friendships. High functioning adults who, even so, experience panic attacks that get in the way of going to shopping centres or concerts. Business executives who feel sick at the thought of presenting or speaking up in a meeting. Mums and Dads who dread the school run and having to navigate other parents. Grandparents who miss out on special events because they are anxious. Parents who find it hard to let their child attend school camps. Young adults who worry about world events. People who worry about real (and also psychosomatic) health complaints. Cancer survivors with health anxiety. People who can’t use elevators due to phobias. People who can’t go on holiday overseas due to fears of flying. People who avoid parks because of dog phobias. The one common theme is that it gets in the way of life.
Whatever type of anxiety you are experiencing – 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.