Panic Attacks & Anxiety
When a person has a panic attack, these are intense, overwhelming and often uncontrollable feelings of anxiety combined with a range of physical symptoms. Someone having a panic attack may experience shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness and excessive perspiration. Sometimes, people experiencing a panic attack think they are having a heart attack or are about to die. If a person has recurrent panic attacks or persistently fears having one for more than a month, they're said to have panic disorder.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder is characterised by persistent and excessive worry about daily events that is not specific to any one thing.
Social anxiety disorder is characterised by severe anxiety about being criticised or negatively judged by others, leading to avoidance of social and public events.
Panic Disorder is characterised by the experience of repeat panic attacks and the fear of having future panic attacks.
Agoraphobia involves intense anxiety following exposure to, or anticipation of, a variety of situations such as public transportation, open spaces, crowds, or being outside of the home alone. It also manifests as anxiety about being in situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing if you have a panic attack.
A fear becomes a phobia when it causes substantial distress and/or interferes with a person’s life. People with a specific phobia experience extreme anxiety and fear of particular objects or situations. Common phobias include fear of flying, fear of spiders, and fear of injections.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessions are persistent unwanted intrusive thoughts or images, that create significant discomfort, distress, and anxiety. Compulsions are mental or physical acts that people perform to try to “override” the obsessional thought, which temporarily reduces their anxiety and distress.
Individuals with OCD have recurring, persistent, and distressing thoughts, images, or impulses, known as obsessions (e.g. a fear of catching germs), or feel compelled to carry out certain repetitive behaviours, rituals, or mental acts, known as compulsions (e.g. hand-washing). These thoughts and acts can take over a person’s life and while people with OCD usually know that their obsessions and compulsions are an over-reaction, they are unable to stop them.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD refers to a set of symptoms that can occur after exposure to a frightening and traumatic event. Symptoms include a sense of reliving the traumatic event (through ‘flashbacks’ or nightmares), avoidance of places, people, or activities which remind the person of the event, feeling numb or detached from others, having negative thoughts about oneself and the world, feeling irritable, angry, or wound up, and having trouble sleeping.
Most of us have “lost it” during a big family argument or while being stuck in bad traffic on the way to work. While anger doesn’t feel good, it can help us feel motivated to change things that aren’t working for us, like relationship issues or uncomfortable work situations. But anger is a strong emotion. If left unchecked, it can lead to unhappiness or a mental health condition. It can also cause you to act unreasonably or aggressively. This can result in social isolation, health problems, and abuse.
Some people are more likely to experience anger than others. People under extreme stress may have trouble controlling their anger. Researchers have found that children with mental health conditions and adults with traumatic brain injuries are also more likely to have overwhelming anger.
Help and support is out there. Research has found that anger management exercises improved well-being and reduced the number of angry outbursts in each of these at-risk groups. And if you struggle to calm your anger, we can support you.
Anxiety Management Strategies
There is a range of strategies you can try to manage your anxiety. What works is different for everyone and it can take time to find the strategies that work best for you. But remember, if your anxiety is proving difficult to manage this is where the Anxiety Treatment Clinic can help.
Quick effective proven technics and programs to support each individual, at ATC we have successfully helped individuals regain a healthy balanced anxiety-free life.