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Most people hate the feelings of anxiety. However, anxiety is actually 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 body with chemicals that make you feel shaky, sweaty, breathless, fearful, tense, nauseous, dizzy so that you pay attention to the threat. Even though anxiety is necessary to protect you from danger, 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 Anxiety symptoms?

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 you are frozen on the spot.

You may have an anxiety disorder if you’ve experienced:


  • Worrying about everyday things more than other people you know (generalised anxiety disorder)
  • Compulsions and obsessions which you cannot control (obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Intense excessive worry about social situations (social anxiety disorder)
  • Panic attacks that seem to suddenly occur (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

Facts about anxiety

Did you know that every year, around 14% of all adult Australians are affected by an anxiety disorder. Women are affected more than men.

What treatment is available?

Psychological treatment has been found to be very effective in helping people to learn to manage their anxiety, reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of anxiety disorders. Depending on your combination of anxiety symptoms, anxiety disorder and suitability for evidence based therapies, you will receive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy,  Interpersonal Psychotherapy, or Schema – Focused Therapy to treat your anxiety.

For more information about how you can overcome your anxiety, call 1800 883 926 to arrange an appointment now.