Managing anxiety

Everyone feels anxious at times. But it what if starts to interfere with your day-to-day life?

What do I need to know? 

Anxiety is an unavoidable, and even necessary part of the human experience. It’s the emotion that helps us identify threats to our safety and well-being, and to respond quickly and effectively. Anxiety becomes an issue when we are overcome by persistent experiences of fear, without a clear or ‘real’ threat, or when anxiety interferes with our ability to go about our day-to-day lives.

Symptoms of anxiety disorders can include ongoing worry or repetitive thoughts, sweating, difficulty breathing, an increased heart rate, restlessness, insomnia, nausea and avoidance behaviours.

You’re not alone

If you’re experiencing persistent anxiety, or think you may have an anxiety disorder, you’re definitely not alone. An estimated 2.3 million Australians live with an anxiety disorder, and it effects people of all genders, ages, socio- economic status or ethnicity. Fortunately, anxiety is very treatable, and seeing a mental health professional is one of the most powerful steps you can take in treating an anxiety disorder.

Though experiences of anxiety disorders are extremely common, they are by no means homogenous. Anxiety disorders include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD and others. A mental health professional can help you to identify and understand exactly what it is you’re dealing with, which is a critical first step in addressing an anxiety disorder.

How can a professional help me?

Mental health professionals have a broad variety of techniques and tools they can use to support you to manage and treat anxiety disorders, and will work with you to create an effective treatment plan. Common approaches include developing strategies and skills to manage the symptoms of anxiety and support to identify and address specific triggers or concerns.

Below, you can browse through some of Radiant’s qualified mental health professionals who specialise in the treatment of anxiety. If you find a mental health professional who feels like the right fit, you can give them a call, or request an email, and get the ball rolling on your treatment plan today.

We also have some great blogs to help you understand anxiety and anxiety treatments a little better, and perhaps even to help you find the inspiration you need to take that all important step to seeking professional mental health support.

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