Some anxiety is a normal part of life – a natural reaction by the body in response to stress or danger. At times anxiety can be helpful, keeping us alert and focused. However, a constant, overwhelming sense of unease that interferes with everyday life may be the sign of a anxiety disorder.
Irrational and excessive fear and worry are the primary symptoms of anxiety, although there are several other anxiety symptoms that indicate a person should seek anxiety counselling.
Anxiety counselling will help you identify the difference between normal stress levels and a serious anxiety condition. New View Psychology has psychologists in Victoria, New South Wales and ACT with extensive experience in anxiety counselling who can help you manage and overcome these symptoms.
Other Anxiety Disorders:
There are a number of different types of disorders for which you may need to seek anxiety counselling:
- Generalised Anxiety — worrying almost every day, this stress can also have taxing physical symptoms, affecting concentration and sleeping habits.
- Obsessive Compulsive Anxiety — characterised by ongoing, intrusive thoughts and fears (obsessions) that result in compulsions that – in the short term only – help reduce distress
- Post Traumatic Stress — bursts of panic or distress brought on in the aftermath of a traumatic event
- Panic Disorder — chronic but less severe
- Cyclothymic Anxiety — repeated, ongoing panic attacks
- Phobia — an exaggerated fear of an object of activity that in reality presents little to no danger; this includes issues such as social phobia
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental disorder in Australia, with one in four people likely to experience one of the above conditions at some point in their lives. Through anxiety counselling, you can recover and prevent the illness from returning.
For more information on anxiety counselling, or to book an appointment with a psychologist, contact New View Psychology today online or on 1300830687.