‘Everyone feels anxious from time to time. When anxious feelings don't go away, happen without any particular reason or make it hard to cope with daily life it may be the sign of an anxiety condition’, Beyond Blue.
Anxiety may be primary or secondary to other mental or medical conditions (e.g. hormone imbalances) and may be complicated with alcohol or other substance use. Therefore, before a diagnosis is made or treatment started, any underlying secondary causes must be investigated and treated.
A successful treatment plan must initially include analysing the range of anxiety symptoms, other mood disorders or medical conditions and any associated substance misuse.
Below is a list of some of the common types of anxiety disorders:
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Phobic Disorders (Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific Phobias)
To treat anxiety disorders, there are a range of prescription medications, herbal remedies, alternate therapies and specific psychotherapies available to you. Common prescribed medications for anxiety disorders are:
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) e.g. Citalopram, Escitalopram, Sertraline, Paroxetine, Fluvoxamine etc
Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI) e.g. Venlafaxine, Duloxetine etc
Mono Amine Oxidase Inhibitors e.g. Phenelzine, Tranylcypromine etc
Tricyclic Antidepressants e.g. Amitriptyline, Dothiepen, Imipramin etc
Melatonergic Agonist e.g. Agomelatine
Benzodiazepines for short term use
Common herbs that may help with anxiety include Valerian, St John’s Wort (caution: can interact with prescribed antidepressants), Chamomile, Lavender, Ashwagandha, Bacopa, Passionflower.
Psychotherapy for anxiety disorders include:
Activity scheduling, Structured Problem Solving, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Diaphragmatic Breathing Training, Relaxation Strategies, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Interpersonal Therapy, Emotional Regulations Skills Training, Psychodynamic Therapy etc.
And indeed, your sleep, exercise and diet are important to stay healthy and well. There is also scientific evidence that yoga and meditation help with anxiety disorders.
Did you know that sometimes, nutritional deficiencies or serious medical conditions can present as anxiety or behavioural disturbances?
At SilverstreamMDT we:
Assess in detail biological and psychosocial history
Investigate, including pathology tests, to exclude any underlying medical conditions, hormonal imbalances or nutritional deficiencies, identify any co-existingmental health conditions or substance misuse
Partnerwith you in choosing the most appropriate therapy plan that suites your need towards your goal
Provide the selected therapies by qualified and credentialed theapists
A comprehensive program, individually tailored, towards wellness, subsidised by Medicare*
How much will it Cost?
We generally do not bulk-bill but our programs are subsidised by Medicare*.
Do I need a GP referral before I make an appointment?
We prefer you to have a GP referral, but not essential for Medicare subsidy.