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Anxiety or Depression Counselling


There is no Medicare rebate,  for a 1 hour session it is $140

What is depression?

Depression is a long-lasting low mood disorder. Depression is when you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. It affects your ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure or take interest in activities.

Everyone has ups and downs. Sometimes you might feel a bit low, for lots of different reasons. People may say that they are feeling depressed when they are feeling down, but this does not always mean that they have depression.

Depression is:

  • a mental illness,

  • common - it affects about 1 in 6 of us,

  • something that anyone can get, and

  • treatable.

Depression is not:

  • something you can 'snap out of’,

  • a sign of weakness,

  • something that everyone experiences, or

  • something that lasts forever.

Doctors might describe depression as 'mild', 'moderate' or 'severe'. Your doctor may offer you different treatments depending on how they describe it.

How common is depression?

Depression can affect people of any age, including children. It is 1 of the most common mental illnesses. It effects about 1 in 6 of us.

The number of people who have depression may be higher than this because not everyone with depression goes to their GP.

Diagnosis & symptoms

What are the symptoms of depression and how is it diagnosed?

See your GP for diagnosis.

 You do not have to have all of these to be diagnosed with depression. You might have just experience some of them.

Some symptoms of depression are:

  • low mood, feeling sad, irritable or angry,

  • having less energy to do certain things,

  • losing interest or enjoyment in activities you used to enjoy,

  • reduced concentration,

  • becoming tired more easily,

  • disturbed sleep and losing your appetite,

  • feeling less good about yourself (loss of self-confidence), or

  • feeling guilty or worthless.

You may also find that with low mood you:

  • feel less pleasure from things,

  • feel more agitated,

  • lose interest in sex,

  • find your thoughts and movements slow down, and

  • have thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

If depression is a problem for you book in for a session with Matt

at Redlands Counselling Service.

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What are anxiety disorders?

It’s normal to feel anxious about moving to a new place, starting a new job, or taking a test. This type of anxiety is unpleasant, but it may motivate you to work harder and to do a better job. Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes, but does not interfere with your everyday life.

In the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with you all the time. It is intense and sometimes debilitating.

This type of anxiety may cause you to stop doing things you enjoy. In extreme cases, it may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left untreated, the anxiety will keep getting worse.

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age. According to the American Psychiatric Association, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.


What are the types of anxiety disorders?

Anxiety is a key part of several different disorders. These include:

  • panic disorder: experiencing recurring panic attacks at unexpected times. A person with panic disorder may live in fear of the next panic attack.

  • phobia: excessive fear of a specific object, situation, or activity

  • social anxiety disorder: extreme fear of being judged by others in social situations

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder: recurring irrational thoughts that lead you to perform specific, repeated behaviors

  • separation anxiety disorder: fear of being away from home or loved ones

  • illness anxiety disorder: anxiety about your health (formerly called hypochondria)

  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): anxiety following a traumatic event


What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Anxiety feels different depending on the person experiencing it. Feelings can range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart. You might feel out of control, like there’s a disconnect between your mind and body.

Other ways people experience anxiety include nightmares, panic attacks, and painful thoughts or memories that you can’t control. You may have a general feeling of fear and worry, or you may fear a specific place or event.

Symptoms of general anxiety include:

  • increased heart rate

  • rapid breathing

  • restlessness

  • trouble concentrating

  • difficulty falling asleep

Your anxiety symptoms might be totally different from someone else’s. That’s why it’s important to know all the ways anxiety can present itself. 


What is an anxiety attack?

An anxiety attack is a feeling of overwhelming apprehension, worry, distress, or fear. For many people, an anxiety attack builds slowly. It may worsen as a stressful event approaches.

Anxiety attacks can vary greatly, and symptoms may differ among individuals. That’s because the many symptoms of anxiety don’t happen to everyone, and they can change over time.

Common symptoms of an anxiety attack include:

  • feeling faint or dizzy

  • shortness of breath

  • dry mouth

  • sweating

  • chills or hot flashes

  • apprehension and worry

  • restlessness

  • distress

  • fear

  • numbness or tingling

A panic attack and an anxiety attack share some common symptoms, but they’re not the same. 


What causes anxiety?

A combination of factors play a role. These include genetic and environmental factors, as well as brain chemistry.

In addition, researchers believe that the areas of the brain responsible for controlling fear may be impacted.

Current research of anxiety is taking a deeper look at the parts of the brain that are involved with anxiety. If Anxiety is a problem for you book in for a session with Matt at Redlands Counselling Service.

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