One of our most experienced psychologists, Paul Carver, explains the various ways that anxiety disorders can manifest, and how they can be treated …
- Have you ever felt constantly high levels of anxiety or apprehension that something bad might happen, and the feeling just doesn’t go away? That feeling is called Generalised Anxiety.
- Have you ever felt intense anxiety when meeting people and forming friendships? This disabling condition is known as Social Anxiety.
- Have you ever been in a situation and had a panic attack suddenly come on you, from out of the blue? This is of course, Panic Disorder.
- Have you ever completely freaked out at something like spiders, germs or needles? That disabling fear is known as a Phobia.
- Or have you become extremely anxious while in some public place, such as a shopping mall, movie theatre or bus? This is known as Agoraphobia.
The difficulties I have just described are all characterised by high levels of anxiety, and are therefore known as Anxiety Disorders.
Sometimes intense anxiety just seems to come upon you, like panic; other times anxiety can creep up on you slowly, getting worse over time, which can happen with Agoraphobia or Generalised Anxiety.
The Effect of Anxiety Disorders
Generalised Anxiety can turn a person’s whole life into a feeling of constant anxiety or dread. It can be hard to feel any good feelings, when all there is most of the time is anxiety.
Social Anxiety makes meeting people feel fraught with danger, and a sufferer can end up feeling alone and without the support or intimacy they need to survive.
Panic Disorder is terrifying, as the indiviudal may think that they are having a heart attack, going mad, or about to lose control. A panic attack can sometimes lead to an Emergency Department admission.
Freaking out over something like a spider or getting an injection with a needle can be embarrassing. It’s also disabling because it can stop somebody from doing important things they want to. And it feels terrible!
Agoraphobia at its worst can really restrict where a person goes, and confine them to the home environment.
Treatment for Anxiety Attacks
Often people live with these conditions for years, perhaps taking anti-anxiety medication to ease their discomfort, without realising that psychological therapies are now very good at treating anxiety disorders. These anxiety disorders don’t go away by themselves; left untreated, they usually get worse.
Why live with a disabling anxiety problem for years, when with just a few weeks of treatment you can be free of it? Please make an appointment with me, to discuss the latest evidence-based therapies, and how they can work for you.
Author: Paul Carver, Bsc, Msc, PG Dip Health Psych.
Paul Carver is a Psychologist with a very wide range of experience, and is focused on bringing the very best evidence-based treatments to his clients – including how to overcome anxiety disorders without medication.
To arrange an appointment with Paul Carver, freecall 1800 877 924 or you can book online.