Anxiety is a normal part of everyday life and in many situations it is reasonable to react with some anxiety. However about 15 – 20 % of the population experience anxiety that is more intense and lasts for longer. Anxiety which affects your everyday life, ability to go to work or impacts social activities is usually a sign that you need psychological help.

Restricting or avoiding situations which cause significant anxiety can result in the problem getting worse over time. While some medications may assist in the short term, the long term way to overcome these disabling symptoms lies in learning new skills to deal with anxiety.

Anxiety can be experienced in many different ways and can occur in many types of situations. What generally causes sufferers to seek help are the physical symptoms such as feelings of tension, difficulty sleeping, trembling or shaking, feeling of nausea, sweating, chest pain, fatigue or fear of going crazy.

Anxiety disorders include phobias or fears in particular situations such as travelling in aeroplanes or lifts. Fear of heights and being in contact with some animals can also cause high anxiety. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder are also classified as Anxiety Disorders.

Agoraphobia suffers fear having a panic attack in public where escape seems difficult. These individuals fear subsequent embarrassment of such an attack which increases anxiety.  Anxiety can occur when you are in noisy crowded places, confined spaces, travelling on public transport or standing in a line waiting. Not having a person with you who makes you feel safe may result in being unable to leave home or to feel anxious being home alone.

There is no one cause of anxiety but research has shown that some reasons lie in genetics, previous stressful events, and personal belief systems. Research has also found the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in all its forms can significantly help to challenge irrational thoughts which cause people much unnecessary worry and anxiety.

Our minds and our bodies are connected and learning mental and physical ways to ease anxiety through relaxation training as well as challenging your thinking can help those suffering moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is the basis for many psychological conditions, and help with diagnosis and treatment for these problems is available.

With over thirty years’ experience Margaret McDonald is well qualified to help you discover the tools that will help your situation.  Margaret has completed qualifications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and its newer form, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and has the knowledge to support you through your journey.  If you would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact the office on 3862 8833 or email reception@mmcdonald.com.au