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The Stress of Not Knowing If He’s Mr Right – Dating Anxiety

17/4/2014

Dating can be stressful and anxiety provoking  in a number of ways. Some people fear dating to the point that is a social phobia, that is they have an extreme fear of being negatively judged or evaluated so they avoid dating altogether or only go on dates if they have had a few drinks to calm …

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Hoarding Hits The Headlines

17/4/2014

Hoarding has hit the headlines in recent weeks as some residents of Boonara Avenue, the Balboas, have had a clean up forced upon them by the Waverley Council. According to media reports, the Waverly council has to date spent approximately $300,000 on legal fees and numerous prior clean-ups. The media have reported that items such as …

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Mental Health Week 2014

25/3/2014

I believe it is very important to support events which help to destigmatize mental health issues and educate the public so here’s an early plug for a very worthwhile initiative.   Mental Health Week is an annual event which occurs in October. The Victorian Mental Health Week started in 1982 and this year Mental Health Week …

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First Blog Post for anxietyaustralia.com.au

6/12/2013

Given the popularity of blogs, I have decided to have one for our own website. Please feel free to suggest possible blog topics related to anxiety

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Anxiety Attack, Panic Attack & Anxiety Disorder Treatment

8/5/2013

What are anxiety attacks? (otherwise known as panic attacks) According to the American Psychiatric Association (1994), a panic attack is a period of intense fear or discomfort and consists of 4 or more of the symptoms listed below. Panic attacks have an abrupt onset and the symptoms peak within 10 minutes.  What are the symptoms of a …

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What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

8/5/2013

OCD is characterised by recurrent obsessions or compulsions that are time consuming or cause significant distress or impairment. Obsessions are persistent ideas, thoughts, images or impulses which are experienced by the sufferer as anxiety provoking or distressing. The sufferer has difficulty switching his train of thought onto another topic. It’s like when one plays a scratched …

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Excessive Worrying & Generalised Anxiety Disorder Treatment

8/5/2013

Worrying too much? It is normal to worry a little but if you are troubled by constant worries it is possible that you may have generalized anxiety disorder. The difference between “normal” worriers and people who are are considered to have an anxiety disorder, is that GAD sufferers worry about worrying. Worry definition Worrying has been …

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TREATMENT FOR POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER IN MELBOURNE

8/5/2013

According to the American Psychiatric Association (1994), post traumatic stress disorder develops after someone is exposed to an extremely traumatic event and they reacted to the event with intense fear, horror or helplessness. Such traumatic events include: war torture rape child sexual or physical assault physical assault being kidnapped terrorism a natural disaster (e.g. a bushfire, …

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Overcoming Fears and Phobias with CBT Treatment

8/5/2013

A specific phobia is an intense fear of a particular thing like a dog, or a situation like flying in an aeroplane. People’s fear of the object or situation is so severe that they may experience physical symptoms of anxiety, and even have panic attacks, when confronted with it, or even anticipating having to deal with …

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Nutrition & Lifestyle Issues

8/5/2013

Anxiety sufferers are advised to pay attention to dietary and lifestyle factors which can aggravate anxiety (Andrews, Creamer, Crino, Hunt, Lampe & Page, 2003). Caffeine Avoid or limit caffeine. Chocolate, some high energy drinks, hot chocolate beverages, coffee, tea & cola drinks all contain caffeine, a stimulant which accelerates the fight or flight response. Caffeine can …

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