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Feeling anxious can be a common uncomfortable response to stress in our daily lives. It is normal to feel anxious, fearful, or worried from time to time as a natural reaction to certain experiences. However, if you feel as though you are experiencing high levels of anxiety to the point where it causes distress or impairments in functioning, we can provide anxiety treatment in Perth to help.
A cluster of different disorders are considered as anxiety disorders, such as social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Symptoms of anxiety include high levels of stress, dread, or physical signs such as a rapid heart rate and sweating. 1 in 10 Australians experience constant anxiety, which affects their mood, ability to function, quality of life, and relationships.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of anxiety, we recommend booking an appointment with one of our experienced doctors to discuss anxiety treatment in Perth and how it could help.
From time to time, it is common to feel under pressure by the struggles of our day-to-day lives. On some occasions, we may experience a panic attack as a result of a stressful situation. A panic attack is a strong surge of fear or discomfort, which reaches peak intensity in a few minutes and can last up to twenty minutes to an hour.
Symptoms of a panic attack can include:
When an individual experiences one unexpected panic attack that is not better explained by another medical condition or substance, and this is accompanied by at least a month of persistent worry about the presence of another panic attack, this can result in the diagnosis of panic disorder. Further panic attacks may vary in frequency from daily, once a week, and once a month. Panic disorder may also result in changes in the individual’s behaviour, such as avoiding exercise or public spaces. Roughly 5% of Australians will experience panic disorder in their lifetime, so if you experience it, you are not alone.
If you believe you or a loved one may have panic disorder, do not hesitate to book an appointment with us to begin your journey to recovery.
Social anxiety disorder involves the experience of a disproportionate fear or anxiety in social situations, which is due to the fear of being judged or criticised by others. Social situations may involve holding conversation, eating, drinking, or even walking into a grocery store.
Roughly 11% of Australians will experience social anxiety disorder in their lifetime, with 7% experiencing this disorder within any 12-month period. Many individuals experiencing this disorder may, as a result, avoid social situations altogether. However, this is not a healthy coping mechanism and can worsen symptoms.
Have you ever found yourself persistently worrying about a sickness that you may have, even though medical tests demonstrate that you are healthy?
Although some worry regarding your health is helpful and adaptive, excessive and constant worrying regarding your health may be a sign of health anxiety. Health anxiety is characterised by an excessive and irrational fear about having a serious medical condition, despite having few or no symptoms. This can be problematic and distressful. It may result in unhelpful behaviours, such as constant body-checks, medical tests and obsessive and persistent online reading about one’s symptoms.
Symptoms of health anxiety may include:
Health anxiety affects roughly 6% of the Australian population across one’s lifespan. If you believe you may have health anxiety, do not hesitate to make an appointment with us in Perth by booking online or calling 9228 8339. We will discuss possible treatment options and how we can help.
Adjustment disorder involves the inability to adjust to stressful life events, which can lead to a range of psychological and physical symptoms. Such stressful life events can include losing a loved one, losing a job, or experiencing financial hardships. Each individual has a unique way of responding to life events, whether trivial or significant. However, some individuals experience an emotional and behavioural reaction that is longer and more intense than expected, resulting in impairments in social, occupational, or other areas of functioning.
The prevalence of adjustment disorders is high within the general population, ranging from 5% to 20%. If you believe that you may have an adjustment disorder, do not hesitate to book an appointment with one of our doctors to seek the medical advice that you need.
Acute stress disorder is present in 6% to 33% of individuals who have directly experienced or witnessed any sort of traumatic event, such as a natural disaster or unfortunate event. The symptoms of this disorder typically last 3 to 4 weeks after the traumatic event, but they can also last a few years. If left untreated, this disorder can slowly progress to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms of acute stress disorder include:
Involuntary reliving of traumatic experience:
Anxiety or Hyperarousal
Many of us may experience flashbacks or nightmares after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, death of a loved one, assault or accident. While symptoms typically decrease slowly after this experience, some may experience intense adverse effects for a longer period of time. If these symptoms last for at least a month and are sufficiently severe or interfering with your occupation or relationships, you may be experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include:
Involuntary reliving of traumatic experience
Anxiety or Hyperarousal
Post-traumatic stress disorder affects roughly 6% to 9% of the general adult population. The disorder impacts every individual in a unique way, and the severity of the disorder heavily depends on the resources and social support available for that individual following the traumatic event.
If you believe that a traumatic event has significantly harmed your wellbeing and you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, we highly encourage you to book an appointment and seek out medical advice from our knowledgeable doctors.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder of childhood that affects one’s ability to control attention and impulsive behaviours. Other aspects of functioning – such as planning, emotional regulation, and organisation – may also be affected. This disorder is one of the most common mental conditions affecting children and symptoms can persist into adulthood.
The symptoms of ADHD can be broken down into two core dimensions:
Inattention: This involves the inability to sustain attention, especially so for tasks that are repetitive, structured, and less enjoyable. This dimension also includes difficulties in following instructions, resisting distractions, planning, and organisation. Examples of inattentive behaviour include being daydreamy, processing information slowly, having difficulty focussing on tasks, having trouble remembering things, and appearing socially withdrawn.
Hyperactivity/Impulsivity: This aspect involves the lack of control of motor behaviour, poor sustained inhibition of behaviour, and the inability to delay a response or gratification. Examples of hyperactive behaviours include fidgeting, squirming, running, finding it difficult to stay in seats, and being excessively energetic and/or talkative. Additionally, examples of impulsive behaviours include being impatient, blurting out inappropriate comments, being unable to take turns, and interrupting others’ conversations or activities.
The estimated number of Australians with ADHD is roughly 5%. Both adults and children can display symptoms of ADHD that impact their daily living and functioning. If you believe that you or your child is displaying symptoms of ADHD, give us a call on 9228 8339 or book online to speak with one of our doctors.
Anxiety disorders can be complex, and it can be hard to seek help. Our caring doctors are here to support you. We can provide the anxiety treatment you need in Perth. To discuss how we can help or book an appointment, contact us by calling 9228 8339. Otherwise, you can book an appointment online.