Anxiety Treatment Sydney
Most of us will experience Anxiety at some time in our life and counselling from an experienced psychologist can help. Our Sydney Anxiety Psychologists are highly trained and use personalised, evidence-based therapy ensuring you get the best anxiety treatment.
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Those of us living with GAD experience persistent and excessive worry about a number of different things such as work and performance, health, family and finances.
GAD leads to a tendency to ‘catastrophise’ (expect the worst) and we find it difficult to control our worry, to clear our head and to concentrate. We often feel tense, restless, irritable, tired, and have trouble relaxing, making decisions and sleeping.
GAD is often linked to perfectionism, procrastination, muscle aches; headaches or migraines; stomach aches and bowel symptoms.
A Panic Attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Symptoms include: sweating, trembling, numbness, shortness of breath, chills or hot flashes, pounding heart, chest pain, dizziness, nausea and headaches.
Panic Attacks can be very frightening. Those of us who have them can think that we are going to have a heart attack, faint, die, do something embarrassing or go crazy.
Some of us are so afraid of having other Panic Attacks that we can start to avoid the places where we feel a Panic Attack is likely, or avoid activities which cause similar bodily sensations.
We can get so stuck in this pattern of avoidance that we become Agoraphobic - avoiding any place which we feel would be difficult to leave or to get help in (eg. Shopping malls, airports, bridges, tunnels, trains).
Social Anxiety is the fear of being the centre of attention, being judged and disliked by other people, or showing physical signs of anxiety in social situations. This usually leads to feelings of self-consciousness, embarrassment and low self esteem.
Social Anxiety often causes blushing, sweating, stammering, choking up or “going blank.” Those of us living with Social Anxiety will often avoid feared social situations and may use alcohol to help alleviate our anxiety.
A specific Social Anxiety would be the fear of speaking in front of groups (only), whereas those of us with generalized Social Anxiety are anxious, nervous, and uncomfortable in almost all social situations.
Those of us living with OCD experience recurring unwanted thoughts, images or impulses (obsessions) and can often engage in repetitive rituals (compulsions) to feel better. We will often know that our obsessive fears are irrational but feel unable to control them or the anxiety they produce.
Obsessions are often exaggerations of common worries including: germs, sickness, turning off electrical appliances, locking doors, driving safely, order and neatness, violence or gruesome images and sex.
Compulsions often include repetitive actions performed to prevent an obsessive fear from happening or to reduce anxiety. However compulsions can also be thoughts. Common compulsions include: washing, cleaning, checking locks, stoves etc, ordering or lining things up, counting, praying and repeating actions.
A Phobia is an extreme, irrational fear about a situation, living creature, place or object. Those of us living with a Phobia will experience intense distress (beyond a simple fear reaction) when faced with the source of our Phobia or simply by thinking about the Phobia. Despite knowing the fear is irrational we will not be able to control our fear reaction which may include sweating, chest pain, trembling, and pins and needles.
Common Phobias include: spiders, snakes, dogs, insects, dentists, injections, vomiting, blood, water, heights, storms, driving, planes, trains, bridges or tunnels and enclosed spaces, elevators, and escalators.