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Anxiety is a common disorder in today’s society. There are many reasons for anxiety disorder some scientific and others suggestive. However, the important thing is that anxiety is a natural response in humans and animals. Anxiety signals fight or flight in all creatures and we would not survive without it.
So when we look at anxiety as a disorder, it usually is suggestive there is something wrong. Anxiety is a disorder when it is elevated and cripples us of moving through life. Some anxiety disorder symptoms can be classed under these headings; avoidant, excessive, persistent or anticipated.
Below are some scientific generalisations and terms of the varied Anxiety Disorders.
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Having anxious feelings over normal everyday activity and overthinking upcoming simple events such as driving in the rain, or going to work, or getting up in the morning, etc.
- Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD): Having uncomfortable feelings about going out or being in a social environment, and afraid of being embarrassing, offending someone or not being liked or accepted by others.
- Panic Disorder: A repeated panic attack causing intensive anxious feelings all brought on suddenly.
- Phobia Disorder: A heightened illogical fear in association to a particular animal, object or situation.
If these disorders are not managed with the assistance of a trained psychotherapist, the long-term side affects can result in poor quality of life and in response other psychological disorders can become present.
How does a psychotherapist assist in creating normalisation of anxiety?
Various techniques are used to address the over stimulated anxious responses.
A Counsellor will work with a client through:
- Cognitive based therapy (CBT).
- Relaxation and Breathing Exercises in Mindfulness.
- Self-Monitoring (Observations and Reflections).
- Identifying Dysfunctional Thinking Patterns.
- Problem-Solving and Social Skill Learning.
- Behavioural Therapy.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Helping People Grow.
Are you seeking assistance with a challenge or opportunity?
If you look to the left or right of you, there is a good chance that the person you see, are suffering from a mental health condition. In Australia, it has been shown that 45% of adults will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Of all the conditions, in any year, there are around 1 million Australians suffering from depression while over 2 million have anxiety. This means, that roughly 1 in ten people that you know will be suffering from one of these two conditions. This means you are not alone, and you are able to receive counselling right here on the Gold Coast.
What is Depression?
We all have days when we feel melancholy or sad. Things like losing a friend, change in our jobs, or moving homes can all be a catalyst to feeling blue or down. These emotions and feelings are a natural part of processing life and dealing with events. However, if such feelings persist for extended periods of time such as weeks, months or even years, this is when you might become concerned. What truly sets depression aside from ‘normal’ sadness, is that it can occur without apparent reason and have impacts on your physical and mental health.
What is Anxiety?
Just like depression, the feelings of stress and worry which are the symptoms of anxiety do not go away once the stressful situation has passed. Anxious feelings from time to time are normal, and have also developed in human evolution to help make strategic decisions to stay out of harms way. The mental condition of Anxiety, however, means that the anxious feelings do not go away and it begins to impact your daily life.
What Causes Anxiety and Depression?
Anxiety and depression can be caused by a myriad of environmental factors paired with your personal predisposition to suffer from negative and anxious feelings. Prolonged stressors and substance abuse can both increase the impacts of these conditions and make treatment for difficult. Depression can be triggered by life events but can often manifest without a clear reason due to chemical imbalances in the brain. Lower than normal levels of neurotransmitters can lead to symptoms often associated with depression. Every anxiety disorder is highly personal to the individual, and your counsellor will ensure to take time to find the best strategies to match your personal case.
How to treat anxiety and depression?
Once your and your therapist have determined some of the underlying causes of anxiety or depression, and looked at trigger points, you will be able to proceed to work through the condition. There are extensive techniques and therapies to normalise the feelings including cognitive based therapy, relaxation and breathing exercises, psychoeducation, self-monitoring, identifying dysfunctional thinking patterns, problem solving and social skill learning, behavioural therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Australia’s Commitment to helping
Australia is committed to helping identify, normalise, and help individuals who are suffering from anxiety. Why not check out the video made by Beyond Blue to show case the facts of this disorder.