Anxiety Treatment in Sydney
It is estimated that one quarter of Australians will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime. The incidence of anxiety is higher in metropolitan areas such as Sydney, due to stress that comes from living a modern lifestyle in a metropolitan area.
As anxiety is associated with a range of conditions, it can often be difficult to diagnose – or it may be symptomatic of another underlying condition. Anxiety is described as an intense feeling of worry, fear or uneasiness. Feeling anxiety from time to time, or in reaction to extreme stress, is very normal for most people. However, for some people anxiety and anxiety related conditions, can become a prominent feeling which can lead to ongoing psychological and/or physical health problems.
Common Anxiety Disorders
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder(GAD)
- Panic Disorder (Anxiety Attacks)
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD)
- Bipolar Disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder(OCD)
Usual Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety
Some of the commons signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders include
- Excessive fear and worry
- Muscle tension
- Stomach upset
Course of Action
Before you seek treatment for anxiety from a psychologist in Sydney, it might be helpful to try to narrow down some of your symptoms, and consider what might be causing the anxiety. Talking to a trusted friend, partner or family member can be a good first step. Discussing mental health issues with family and friends can give you greater clarity about your feelings and others perceptions of it.
You may also to understand whether the anxiety is due to perception issues or due to a physical cause such as an imbalance of hormones.
Here is the suggested course of action to seek treatment for anxiety.
Contact your GP
Once you have narrowed down the nature of your anxiety, and what you think might be causing it, you should contact your GP or doctor for an initial assessment. Your doctor should be able to run a range of tests that could identify, or rule out, possible causes of anxiety such as a hormone imbalance. Your doctor will then either offer you treatment or medication, or if it is more appropriate refer you on to another service.
Seek Treatment through an APS approved Anxiety Psychologist
APS has approved a number of therapies for treatment of Anxiety Disorders. They include CBT, DBT (for PTSD), ACT (for GAD, OCD, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety), EMDR (for PTSD), MBCT, Exposure Therapy.
The psychologist team at Potentialz Unlimited, based out of Bella Vista, Sydney, can help you in dealing and managing your anxiety using evidence-based therapies. Our psychologists are registered with APS and they use APS approved psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for effective management of Anxiety.
Explore Alternative Therapies
There are also a range of alternative services that could possibly help with anxiety. These range from nutritional advice to massage or acupuncture. In general, alternative therapies compliment psychological care and should be used in combination with psychological therapy if deemed necessary.
What are the Best Treatments for Anxiety Disorders?
There are several possible treatments for anxiety, including therapy, medication, alternative therapies or a combination of these treatments.
Consult with your GP to find the best course of action in your particular case. Depending on the severity of your symptoms they may recommend
- Only Psychotherapy
- Psychotherapy + Medication
- Alternative Therapies.