- Are you over conscious of being observed or criticized?
- Do you fear performing in front of others?
- Do you avoid certain interactions or events?
- Do you avoid social interaction such as having a meal with friends, or making small talk?
- Do you sometimes find yourself triggered in situations, feel a sense of panic, or sudden shortness of breath or hot flashes?
Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed or ‘stressor is removed.
Everyone feels anxious from time to time. When anxious feelings don’t go away, happen without any particular reason, or make it hard to cope with daily life, it may signify an anxiety condition.
Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia and all over the world. On average, one in four people, one in three women and one in ﬁve men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life.
Signs and symptoms:
Anxiety can vary from mild to severe, but are not limited to the following:
- Physical: panic attacks, hot and cold flushes, racing heart, tightening of the chest, quick breathing, restlessness, or feeling tense, wound up and edgy.
- Psychological: excessive fear, worry, catastrophizing, or obsessive thinking.
- Behavioral: avoidance of situations that make you feel anxious which can impact study, work, or social life.
Causes of Anxiety:
- Family history of social anxiety
- Misreading other people’s behaviours as threatening
- Overprotective and highly critical parents
- Underdeveloped social skills and lack of confidence
Different forms of anxiety
Generalized anxiety disorder(GAD)
People suffering from generalized anxiety disorder worry extremely about family, money and health. The anxiety interrupts daily life and has been going on for over six months. Everyday issues such as appointments or work can cause worry and anxiety and for some, just getting through the day can be extremely stressful.
Panic disorder is characterized by extreme terror, which strikes suddenly without warning. Panic attacks are a common symptom of panic disorder, but that does not mean that everyone who has a panic attack will develop panic disorder.
Social anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder is defined by extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations. It is characterized by fear of being around other people, interacting with them, and being judged negatively.
“You don’t have to control your Thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”
At MindElation, we design an effective overall treatment plan that addresses our clients’ issues using the following approaches:
Clinical hypnotherapy is one of the most effective and rapid solutions for anxiety. You will be shown effective techniques to counter negative thinking and develop a more balanced strategy for dealing with stress and anxiety. This will allow you to tame your inner critic.
CBT is a structured treatment that recognizes that the way we think (cognition) and act (behaviour) affects how we feel. Once you’ve recognized any unhelpful thinking patterns contributing to your anxiety, you can make changes to replace these with new ones that reduce anxiety and improve your coping skills. CBT also encourages you to recognize the difference between productive and unproductive worries and teaches you to let go of worries and solve problems.
Meditation and Mindfulness are breathing techniques, particularly muscle relaxation, control anxiety, and the physical symptoms of tension.