It’s natural to worry during stressful times. But some people feel tense and anxious day after day, even with little to worry about. When this lasts for 6 months or longer, or you have more anxious days than not, it may be a generalised anxiety disorder. Many people don’t know they have it. So they may miss out on treatments that lead to a better, happier and more fulfilling life.
Anxiety can range from mild nervousness and stress to intense feelings of panic and dread. Anxiety is a normal reaction to a perceived stressor although when it becomes overwhelming, excessive, uncontrollable, and often times irrational, it is considered a mood disorder.
The signs and symptoms of anxiety that needs counseling include; heart palpitations, chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, nausea, stomach aches, sweating, trembling, and pupillary dilation. Panic attacks may cause one to feel like they’ll lose consciousness, they’re about to die, or there’s something dreadful that’s going to happen. Anticipated anxiety might develop into a phobia which is an intense fear in response to a perceived stressor: for example, agoraphobia is a fear of public spaces, and claustrophobia is a fear of enclosed or crowded spaces.
When it’s More Than Anxiety
People who have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) may also develop depression, alcoholism, or drug addiction. It’s also common for people with GAD to have other anxiety disorders. These can include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social phobias.
Counselling in Melbourne’s team of Melbourne based psychologists offering professional counselling for anxiety. Your anxiety counsellor will partner with you to gain a better understanding of the cause of your anxiety and develop a treatment plan for any anxiety related conditions.
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Anxiety Treatment & Counselling in Melbourne
Anxiety is highly treatable: Anxiety counselling can help and sometimes medication might be recommended by your GP.
In a caring and safe non-judgmental place, anxiety counselling psychologists utilise, Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness strategies, which can help to:
- Untangle stresses
- Provide clarity
- Reframe life events
- Alleviate distress
- Support more positive thinking
- Inspire effective problem-solving
- Improve relationships
- Boost self-confidence
- Explore personal goals and life direction
- Promote relaxation and mindfulness
- Find happiness
If you’re struggling with anxiety and are seeking a long-term outcome, the time might be right to consider scheduling an appointment with a Counselling in Melbourne anxiety counselling psychologist, please call us on (03) 9376 1958 or book online.
If you feel like you are need of immediate assistance, please dial 000 for emergency services or call Lifeline on 13 11 14.