What is anxiety?
An Anxiety disorder is a common mental health condition in Australia with an average of one in four people; one in three women and one in five men, experiencing an anxiety disorder at some stage during their lives (Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2008). National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Summary of Results, 2007. Cat. No. [4326.0]. Canberra: ABS).
While anxiety is a valuable human reaction which serves an important survival function, people with anxiety disorders tend to experience feelings of fear which appear disproportionate to their life events and can negatively impact quality of life.
Symptoms of anxiety
While anxiety symptoms can vary according to the type of anxiety disorder experienced; common symptoms include:
Physical symptoms such as muscle tension, increased sweating, trembling, nausea, shortness of breath, racing heart and/or heart palpitations
Restlessness and fatigue
Irrational fears and feelings of impending doom
Racing thoughts and panic
Mood disturbances – irritability and tearfulness
Avoidant behaviours such as feeling compelled to avoid stressful
situations and in extreme situations, may avoid leaving the house
Effective treatments for anxiety
Anxiety can be treated with professional counselling, medications or a combination of both. If you suffer from anxiety professional counselling is available to provide effective therapeutic treatment options, support and practical strategies. Treatments may involve learning stress management and relaxation techniques, developing skills and strategies to alter thinking and emotional response patterns and making supportive lifestyle changes. Danni Murfett is trained in a variety of evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavior therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) which are shown to be effective in the treatment of anxiety. If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Danni by telephone or email, or book online to arrange a confidential appointment.
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