Anxiety and Panic

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What Is Anxiety and Panic

It is normal to worry and feel anxious about things occurring in everyday life from time to time. However, sometimes anxiety can be persistent, uncontrollable, out of proportion to a situation, or occur for no clear reason. For some, it can be debilitating and impact on their daily lives. Some people with anxiety can also experience panic. A panic attack is an abrupt surge of intense fear or discomfort which can peak within minutes. Some panic attacks have no obvious cause and can occur at any time, leaving people feel like they have no control.

Common Symptoms of Anxiety and Panic

Some common symptoms and conditions associated with anger that is not appropriately expressed include:

  • Racing heartbeat or heart palpitations
  • Rapid breathing and shortness of breath or a choking feeling
  • Dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea
  • Sweating or chills
  • Shaking or trembling
  • Racing thoughts and persistent worry
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep problems and fatigue
  • Feeling tense or ‘on edge
  • Restlessness or agitation and Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Panic attacks can sometimes feel like a heart attack.

Self-Management, Tips, and Strategies

  • Try some relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and mindfulness when experiencing stress
  • Try a distraction exercise like counting backwards from 100 in 3s or recalling the grand final winners in order from the most recent year back as far as you can.
  • Discuss your worries with a trusted friend or family member
  • Keep a diary or journal to document your thoughts and assist in identifying possible sources of your anxiety
  • Try keeping a to-do list or a schedule to assist in managing your time and energy
  • Exercise regularly and try to eat well.
  • Seek professional assistance early to prevent worsening anxiety, particularly if the worry seems to be causing significant distress and interference in your life or is contributing to more significant mental health concerns

When can a psychologist help?

Whilst anxiety is a normal human emotion and does not constitute a mental disorder in itself, when it becomes persistent and impacts on usual activity then it could be a good time to seek some extra support. Psychologists can help you work out strategies for managing and reducing the symptoms of anxiety and panic and explore underlying causes. Our team is here to help when you need a bit of extra support in regaining control to live your best life. You can book online using our Book an Appointment button, give us a call on (02) 4625 3339, or email us at admin@innerspacepsych.com.au.

EMOTIONAL Wellbeing CHECK

Our Emotional wellbeing Check (EWC) is a brief 30 minute ‘check up’ for your emotional health. It is not intended as treatment or mental health assessment. It is designed to help raise awareness of the importance of our emotional health in our overall quality of life. 

Who is it for? 

Our EWC is for anyone who has wondered about their emotional health or is just wanting a ‘check up’ to see how they’re tracking. This service is not designed for anyone who has a current and serious mental health diagnosis. 

What does it involve?

Our EWC involves a 30 minute individual session with one of our provisional psychologists. About a week before the session you’ll be asked to complete our consent form, which outlines our T&Cs. You’ll then complete a few brief questionnaires. The group of questionnaires take about 15-20 mins to complete in total. We will receive your results and provide you with a personalised report about what it all means along with some recommendations, if needed. 

How much does it cost? 

Free Emotional Wellbeing Check for people from Macarthur and Liverpool area during Lockdown

As a local psychology practice we would love to offer our EWS for free to people from Macarthur and Liverpool area during Lockdown.
As times can be tough with stay at home orders and working from home we would love to give something back and support our community.
Your EWC includes a 30 minute session and the personalised report.
Please note that our EWC is a flat fee of $45 for people residing outside of the Macarthur and Liverpool area and when restrictions are lifted in Macarthur and Liverpool area.

How do I book?

It’s easy, you can book online using our Book an Appointment button at the top and bottom of the page or just call our friendly team on 02 4625 3339. 

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