Anxiety Disorders and their treatment
Anxiety disorder is a blanket term covering several different forms of anxieties, fears and phobias. These include Generalised Anxiety Disorder better known as excessive worry, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety and Specific Phobias.
Distinguishing among different anxiety disorders is important, since accurate diagnosis is more likely to result in effective treatment and a better prognosis. Surveys have shown as many as 30% of Australians may be affected by anxiety disorders.
Luckily the psychological treatment for anxiety disorders is very effective. A combination of education, relaxation / meditation and exposure therapy has been found to work very well in assisting people in the treatment of anxiety. The gradual exposure approach, that is developed in conjunction with the client, enables them to change their relationship with their thoughts and feelings about their fear resulting in better coping and improved quality of life.
Anxiety disorders are frequently accompanied by physiological symptoms that may lead to fatigue or even exhaustion. Clinical depression often accompanies many persistent or poorly treated anxiety disorders. For this reason a thorough assessment is crucial to effective treatment outcomes.