anxiety treatment melbourne

Anxiety Treatment Melbourne

Anxiety Treatment Melbourne

Anxiety is a normal and healthy human emotion. Everyone feels anxious from time to time, particularly in response to situations such as starting a new job or going through a break-up.

Severe or continual anxiety is different. It is often not linked to a specific stressful event or the anxiety continues on long after the event has ended. This type of anxiety gets in the way of work, relationships and everyday life.

Types of anxiety
When anxiety is ongoing or severe it typically falls into one of the below categories:

  • Generalised anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Phobias and fears
  • Stress and burnout
  • Health anxiety
  • Separation anxiety (in children)
  • Selective mutism (in children)

How anxiety affects what you think, feel and do
Although each of these types of anxiety has a different set of symptoms they all result in

Changes in thinking including:

  • Difficulty tolerating uncertainty
  • Constant worry that feels difficult to control
  • Obsessive thought patterns
  • Excessive fear
  • Assuming the worst
  • Catastrophising
  • Jumping to conclusions

Changes in the body including:

  • Shallow or rapid breathing
  • Racing heart
  • Restless and on edge
  • Difficulties concentrating
  • Finding it difficult to wind down
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Appetite changes
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness and hot/cold flushes
  • Tension
  • Headaches

Changes in behaviour including:

  • Avoiding feared situations
  • Difficulty getting everyday tasks done
  • Procrastinating
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Not speaking up
  • Engaging in rituals (compulsions) to cope with anxiety
  • Using drugs, alcohol or eating to cope with anxiety
  • Sick days from work

How common is anxiety?
According the Australian Bureau of Statistics anxiety is the most common mental health issue in Australia. In any 12 month period 2 million Australian people will experience some type of anxiety. At some point in their life 1 in 4 women will experience anxiety and 1 in 5 men.

Overlap between anxiety and depression
Studies suggests that there is a significant overlap between anxiety and depression symptoms. If this is the case for you, our psychologists will tailor your therapy to ensure both anxiety and depression symptoms are addressed.
Anxiety Treatment Melbourne
Our psychologists are experts in helping people to overcome anxiety. We use up-to-date treatment approaches proven to be effective through scientific research.

Because each of the types of anxiety listed above have different sets of signs and symptoms, the treatment approach is also slightly different. In general though, research suggests that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Mindfulness based approaches tend to be most effective in shifting anxious thoughts, reducing physical symptoms, decreasing avoidance and improving overall functioning and quality of life in anxiety. There is also some evidence that medication can be helpful in specific circumstances. This treatment option needs to be discussed with a general practitioner (GP).

Anxiety doesn’t have to rule your life. Effective treatments are available and can help you to feel happy and fulfilled.

Call our experienced client support team on (03) 9376 1958 to book an appointment today. Or if you’d prefer to arrange an appointment online, email us at info@innermelbpsychology.com.au