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If you are like most people, then you may not realise that anxiety is actually an adaptive response that is essential for your survival. Anxiety's job is to protect you from danger by alerting you that there is a threat such as if a car or truck is about to hit you. A part of the brain called the amygdala sets in motion a chain reaction that flushes your bodies with chemicals that make you feel shaky, sweaty, breathless, fearful, tense, nauseous, dizzy so that you pay attention to the impending danger. If anxiety felt 'nice', then you may not pay enough attention, such as when you ignore a hunger pain, and as a result you could bring about your demise. Therefore, anxiety is a vital human function that keeps you alive. However, some people may have a genetic vulnerability, personality traits and learned responses to stressful life events that may also trigger anxiety or make it worse when it is not really needed.


What are the symptoms

Experiencing anxiety?

If you have a problem with anxiety, it is likely that you will feel distressed a lot of the time, even if there seems to be no obvious reason. The anxiety can be so severe it can make you distracted as if you are in a trance or as if frozen on the spot.

You may have an anxiety disorder if you've experienced several of the signs and symptoms mentioned below. 


  • Worrying about everyday things more than other people you know (generalised anxiety disorder)

  • Compulsions and obsessions which you can't control (obsessive compulsive disorder)

  • Intense excessive worry about social situations (social anxiety disorder)

  • Panic attacks (panic disorder)


  • Intense, irrational fear of everyday objects and situations (phobia)


  • A pounding heart

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Upset stomach

  • Muscle tension

  • Headache

  • Sweating or choking

  • Feeling faint or shaky

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Facts about anxiety

Did you know... 

Every year, around 14% of all adult Australians are affected by an anxiety disorder. Women are affected more than men.

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There are options

Psychological treatment has been found to be very effective in helping people to learn to manage, reduce or even eliminate the symptoms associated with anxiety disorders. Your Live Better psychologist may utilise interventions from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, Solution-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Schema - Focused Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapies to treat your anxiety. 

For more information about how we can help you to overcome anxiety, contact us.