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Anxiety and Panic Disorders

This information is about anxiety and panic disorders, prevalent conditions impacting many individuals, especially those who experience heightened levels of worry and fear. Our objective is to provide clear and concise guidance to aid in understanding the complexities of anxiety and panic disorders, identifying contributing factors to their onset, and exploring effective strategies for managing symptoms, minimising episodes, and promoting overall mental well-being and emotional health.

What are Anxiety and Panic Disorders? 

Anxiety and panic disorders are mental health conditions characterized by intense feelings of fear, worry, or nervousness that interfere with daily life. While anxiety is a normal stress reaction, anxiety disorders involve excessive and persistent anxiety that can be debilitating. 

Symptoms: 

Symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders may include: 

  • Excessive worrying or apprehension 

  • Restlessness or feeling on edge 

  • Fatigue or difficulty concentrating 

  • Muscle tension or trembling 

  • Irritability or mood swings 

  • Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep 

  • Racing heart or palpitations 

  • Shortness of breath or chest pain 

  • Sweating, trembling, or shaking 

  • Nausea or stomach discomfort 

Causes:

Anxiety and panic disorders can have multiple causes, including: 

  • Biological factors: Genetics, brain chemistry, and hormonal imbalances can contribute to anxiety disorders. 

  • Environmental factors: Stressful life events, childhood experiences, trauma, abuse, or chronic illness can trigger or exacerbate anxiety symptoms. 

  • Psychological factors: Personality traits, coping mechanisms, and thought patterns can influence anxiety levels. 

Diagnosis: 

Diagnosing anxiety and panic disorders may involve: 

  • Clinical assessment: Healthcare providers may conduct interviews, questionnaires, or assessments to evaluate symptoms and overall anxiety levels. 

  • Medical history: Discussion of family history, personal experiences, and any past or current mental health concerns. 

  • Physical examination: Evaluation of physical symptoms or medical conditions that may contribute to anxiety symptoms. 

Treatment & Medications: 

Treatment for anxiety and panic disorders may include: 

  • Psychotherapy: Counselling, talk therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), or exposure therapy to address underlying issues and develop coping strategies. 

  • Medications: Antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or beta-blockers may be prescribed to manage symptoms and stabilize mood. 

  • Lifestyle changes: Healthy lifestyle habits such as regular exercise, a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and stress management techniques can support mental health. 

Prognosis: 

The prognosis for anxiety and panic disorders varies depending on the specific condition, individual factors, and treatment effectiveness. With appropriate care and support, many individuals can learn to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. 

How Bondi Road Doctors Can Help: 

At Bondi Road Doctors, we offer comprehensive mental health services to support individuals experiencing anxiety and panic disorders. Our experienced healthcare providers can assess your symptoms, provide accurate diagnosis, and develop personalized treatment plans to help you manage your condition. 

Whether you're struggling with excessive worry, panic attacks, or other anxiety-related issues, we're here to listen, support, and guide you toward better mental health.  

To take the first step toward overcoming anxiety and panic disorders, our experienced doctors are available for appointments. The following doctors have a particular interest in the condition: 

Dr. Belinda Watson - Book Now 

Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko - Book Now

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