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Anxiety

Elyse Frankel

Clinical Psychologist
Perth, Western Australia

Anxiety is an inevitable part of life in contemporary society. It is important to realize that there are many situations which arise in everyday life in which it is appropriate and reasonable to react with some anxiety. However, anxiety can appear in different forms and at varying intensities. It can range in severity from a mere twinge of uneasiness, to feelings of disorientation, heart palpitations and panic.

Anxiety affects an individual's whole being. Physical symptoms include

  • rapid heartbeat
  • muscle tension
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • cold, clammy hands
  • difficulty swallowing
  • gastrointestinal discomfort or diarrhea
  • sweating
  • jumpiness
  • sleep difficulties

On a behavioural level, anxiety can affect an individual's ability to act, express themselves or deal with certain everyday situations. Avoidance of certain situations or withdrawal from others may be the result of anxiety. Psychologically, anxiety is a subjective state of apprehension or uneasiness.

Treatment for anxiety may involve medication, therapy or a combination of both. Talking to your GP may be the first step in deciding on an appropriate treatment approach. Some therapeutic models focus on helping you to identify unhelpful thinking patterns, and through this awareness, to make changes to these ways of thinking and feeling.

If you would like more information, contact Elyse Frankel on 0414 764 663.

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