What is Anxiety?

Anxiety treatment Melbourne, anxiety psychologist Melbourne, anxiety psychotherapy Melbourne, social anxiety, anxiety disorders, symptoms of anxiety We use the word Anxiety to describe a pervasive feeling of dread or apprehension that is not associated with a particular object or event.
The difference is, when feeling fear we can point to the cause of it (e.g. fear of public speaking, fear of flying), however when experiencing anxiety we feel apprehensive without knowing exactly why.

When anxiety strikes, people have a sense of doom but they don't know why.

Also, anxiety is usually more insidious and diffuse, and generally tends to last longer than fear.

Common symptoms of Anxiety

When describing their anxiety, people usually describe what they cannot do: Please note, occasionally everyone experiences Normal Anxiety. Before an important event, such as a final examination, a first date or an important speech it is normal to feel somehow anxious or nervous.

What are Anxiety Disorders?

Anxiety Disorders are characterised by intense, frequent and difficult to control feelings of apprehension, nervousness and worry that cause marked distress, difficulty and misery to the afflicted person. Usually the afflicted persons experience the symptoms of anxiety as an ever-present condition ("This is how I am").

The inability to control the unpleasant feelings of anxiety, nervousness and worry usually leads to a marked increase in the same unpleasant feelings. Indeed, it feels frustrating to be told "Don't Worry!" as this usually makes the feelings grow worse.
People affected by anxiety disorders may become depressed too because they do not see any ways to alleviate the initial symptoms of anxiety.

Elevated levels of anxiety could lead to maladaptive results such as:

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Types of Anxiety Disorders

- OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

- PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)

- Social Anxiety (or Social Phobia)

- Panic Attack and Panic Disorder

- GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder)

Please note that the information on this page and the related pages should not be used for self-diagnosis. If you feel that you can relate to one or more of the anxiety disorders described at the links above, contact me for a confidential discussion and to get help for your problem.