Worry and Anxiety
My Healthy Mind Psychology is a specialist adult Clinical Psychology service in Newcastle, N.S.W. We have a special interest in the treatment of all types of Anxiety including Excessive Worrying, which is sometimes known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
What is Worry and Anxiety?
Everyone experiences anxiety and worry from time to time, especially before major events such as before a job interview or an exam. However, some people experience periods of extended worry and uncontrollable anxiety that significantly interferes with their life and ability to function. These people tend to describe having “always been a worrier” and tend to often feel “wound up”, “always tense” and “on edge”. If this sounds like you, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder known as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
A common characteristic in people who suffer from GAD is that they tend to regularly engage in worry about everyday life events, as well as hypothetical future events that may not ever happen. People who have GAD often describe worrying as being “part of my personality”. People who worry a lot tend to describe their worrying thoughts as frequently taking the form of “what if” thoughts. For example, “What if I am late for the meeting?”, “What if my child gets sick when I am at work?”, “What if no one talks to me in class?”. The problem with these “what if” thoughts is that they never end! They actually just loop around and around in a cycle and tend to get worst the longer the person engages with this thought. For more information about GAD click here.
What is the most effective treatment for worry and anxiety?
The good news is that anxiety and worry can be treated, even if you are a chronic worrier. Research has demonstrated that the most effective treatment for excessive worrying is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). At My Healthy Mind Psychology we have completed advanced and specialised training in CBT, and often combine this approach with other therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness and Compassion Focused Therapy.
Making an Appointment
If you would like to make an appointment to discuss your anxiety and worry, please contact the practice using the number listed below or use the “Send us a message” form at the bottom of the page to email us. To see the FAQ re: making an appointment click here.