Anxiety is a normal and adaptive reaction to perceived threat or stressful situations. However, Anxiety Disorders differ in that the fear or anxiety experienced is excessive and persistent in duration. There are many types of anxiety disorders, with some of the more common presentations including:
- Generalised Anxiety which is characterised by excessive worry,
- Phobias, characterised by marked fear or anxiety about a specific situation or object,
- Social Anxiety, in which the fear is with regard to potential for scrutiny in public situations,
- Panic Disorder, characterised by unexpected and recurrent intense surges of panic symptoms, and
- Agoraphobia, in which the intense fear or anxiety related to particular situations (e.g. public transport, open or enclosed spaces, crowds, outside of the home), and potential inability to escape, leads to avoidance of such situations.
The evidence based treatments for managing anxiety disorder include both medical and psychological treatments. Your psychiatrist will assess your condition and prescribe medication suitable to your needs. Psychological treatments including CBT, Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are offered at PRPH.
There are a number of Day Programs suitable for anxiety disorders including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Day Program, Positive Psychology Day Program, Living Well Day Program, Moving Towards Wellness Day Program and Diversional Therapy Day Program.