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Treating Anxiety Disorder with a Psychologist

It is common for individuals of all ages to seek anxiety treatment from a psychologist. Research in the area of human psychology has shown that more and more is being understood about how people’s emotions and the brain work, and as such trained psychologists with increased knowledge have contributed to the development of effective anxiety treatments. In adults, is it common to see excessive use of alcohol or drugs as self-medication tools for anxiety. However, these are not constructive coping mechanisms, whereas psychological therapy for anxiety is a proven approach to dealing with anxiety. Adolescents and children also commonly experience feelings of anxiety – all ages can benefit from targeted therapy and treatment for anxiety.

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There are numerous symptoms of anxiety, and that include constant worrying, being nervous in certain circumstances, experiencing low confidence, being unable to make decisions, having difficulty concentrating and remembering things, regularly feeling irritable, and feeling tense or agitated. If these symptoms occur too often or interfere with your ability to lead an enjoyable life, it is recommended that you seek treatment for your anxiety from OnTrack Psychology Brisbane. For some people, anxiety is ongoing and continues for no particular reason, making daily activities such as school, work, or socialisation difficult or impossible. These people are said to have an anxiety disorder, and in such cases, a treatment program is necessary to obtain relief. See also Depression. Contact us today to discuss.

Treating Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety disorders have traditionally been treated with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), a form of structured therapy which aims to change the way a person thinks and behaves in certain situations by teaching them techniques to manage their anxiety. For example, slow-breathing and changing the focus of attention away from what is causing the anxiety is a common approach that can help change an unhelpful thinking style to one that is more rational. Our psychologists use techniques specific to the anxiety presented in the individual and that may include CBT, Mindfulness techniques, and other evidence-based approaches to effectively treat anxiety. The impact of COVID19 on our children has been significant, read more about COVID19 and children in our blog.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Anxiety disorders come in many forms; treatment will often depend on what triggers your anxiety and how it manifests. Persons who constantly worry may not be aware that this arises from negative attitudes and habits that may have developed over an extended period. Such persons can in many cases have a parent who is also a worrier; people with this condition worry excessively about most things, such as job security, relationships, money, their health, friendships, work, or relationships. Falling asleep is often a problem for people with anxiety as they tend to lay awake thinking about problems.

Panic Disorder

People who experience panic disorder experience extremely unpleasant symptoms in situations where other people would not be afraid and function normally. Extreme forms of Panic Disorder may present feelings of going crazy or even thinking you may die. Symptoms such as chest pains, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, numbness, and/or trembling are common in persons experiencing Panic Disorder. In extreme cases, people avoid leaving their homes because they are so scared of experiencing a panic attack in public.

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