MICHELLE BARRATT PSYCHOLOGY

35 Wondall Road

WYNNUM WEST

Qld 4178

Tel: 0401 924 331 

Fax:  (07) 3009 0553

MICHELLE BARRATT PSYCHOLOGY

Suite 37, Level 1 Benson House,

No. 2 Benson Street, TOOWONG,

Qld 4066.

Tel: 0411 731 516

Fax: (07) 3009 0075

 

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Michelle Barratt is a Fellow of the Clinical College at the Australian Psychological Society. 

ADULT ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

 

Main topics on this page

DO I HAVE AN ANXIETY DISORDER?

WHEN TO SEEK TREATMENT

SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY?

DEPRESSION

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION?

ASSESSMENT OF DEPRESSION

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ANXIETY

The following information on Anxiety will give you some insight to what Anxiety is and how it presents. 

Michelle Barratt Psychology aims to provide treatment for anxiety at the highest standard; implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support a person feel heard and understood, but a treatment plan that empowers their clients to reverse and work through the causal factors of anxiety or depression in order that they can implement preventative strategies to help protect them in the future.  We aim to support all children, all adolescents, and all adults, couples and family's work through their depression to succeed in their ultimate wellbeing. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don't hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

 

​Do I have and Anxiety Disorder?

If you or your child is exhibiting any of the symptoms mentioned below, or you are at all concerned on how to manage any of the symptoms that your child or you are presenting, please don't hesitate to seek support on how to manage your anxiety.  Research has shown that Psychological support and treatment for anxiety is highly effective, and the earlier it is treated, the better the outcome.  Therefore, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to see Michelle Barratt (Brisbane Clinical Psychologist) at either the Wynnum or Toowong practices.

 

What is anxiety?

We must not mistake normal fears or responses to a perceived threat as anxiety. We need these responses to elicit particular behaviours in order to protect ourselves; this is called our survival instinct, for example when we are faced with a dangerous situation, we become highly alert.  However, real anxiety looks and definitely feels very different as reported by people who experience anxiety. Anxiety comes in many different forms, it can be generalised to everything or specific. 

 

Anxiety can feel so debilitating that it has lead people  to become paralysed with fear and not proceed with all intended action, e.g. soldiers under attack may be so afraid they can’t move to take cover, or public speakers may find they go blank, forget their lines and are rendered speechless, even though their lines are incredibly rehearsed.   Or your anxiety leads you to worry about situations months in advance or long after they have happened.  Under these circumstances people to work through and address it will require professional help.  

Why am I experiencing anxiety? Some people are more predisposed to acquiring anxiety than others.  More often than not it is not caused just by one issue, but invariably by a combinaton of factors which can include the following: 

  • Genetics

  • Stressful Family and Work environments

  • Traumatic life experiences; Moving house, losing a loved one, low self-esteem (low self-worth, loneliness, little support, lack of achievement)

  • Anxiety sufferers may have unhelpful thinking patterns such as perfectionist standards. 

 

Do I have an anxiety disorder?

Although experiencing some level of anxiety is normal; to get us moving when we faced by a real threat, it is not normal to experience anxiety to a degree that we struggle to socialise, sleep, cannot stop thinking about a particular issue that it dominates most of our thinking, and experience the shaking of our hands, have and increased heart rate, and sweat without physical exertion.   Real anxiety basically exists when beat and sweating when no physical exersion has been done.

  

When to seek treatment?

Fundamentally, if you anxiety is that distressing that it is negatively impacting on your abilty to fully and or effectively function at home, work, school, university or in social settings you will need to seek support.

 

SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY

 

What are the symptoms of anxiety in reference to:

  • Behavioural Symptoms

  • Cognitive Symptoms

  • Physical Symptoms

 

Behavioural symptoms of anxiety, e.g.

  • Agitation/restlessness

  • Pacing

  • Pressured speech

  • Fidgeting with ones hands

  • Avoidance of feared situations or objects

 

Cognitive symptoms of anxiety, e.g.

  • Confusion

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Mind going blank

  • Recurrent thoughts

 

Physical symptoms of anxiety, e.g.

  • Blushing

  • Sweating

  • Shaking/trembling

  • Dizziness

  • Tachycardia, rapid heartbeat

  • Muscle tension

  • Nausea

  • Numbness or tingling in arms, hands or legs

  • Diarrhea

  • Headaches

  • Butterflies in the stomach

 

Author: Michelle Barratt - Clinical Psychologist, and Clinical Director of Michelle Barratt Psychology, a Brisbane and Redland Bay based Clinical Psychology Practice - Promoting the Therapeutic Care and Therapy for your Health and Wellbeing.

 
 
 

DEPRESSION

Michelle Barratt Psychology aims to provide treatment for depression at the highest standard; implementing support and treatment that not only endeavours to support a person feel heard and understood, but a treatment plan that empowers their clients to reverse and work through the causal factors of depression to protect them always.  We aim to support all children, all adolescents, and all adults, couples and family's work through their depression to succeed in their ultimate wellbeing. If you are unsure about what you are dealing with, please don't hesitate to contact us to support you through the next step of either working out what to do or how to proceed with an appointment.

Research has found that men, women, children and adolescents have all been found to struggle with depression.  Depression is not an illness that suddenly occurs overnight; it is often referred to as an insidious illness as it can develop within a person without many realising they are steadily developing the symptoms of depression. Then one day a child, adolescent or adult can wake up feeling overwhelmingly depressed.  Sometimes people say they cannot remember when it all began, they just know they don’t feel right – that something deep inside them is different and not right (see Symptoms of Depression Below).  

Although there are similar factors that show in depression for men, women, children and adolescents; for example (and not all of them need to exist at the same time), the gradual onset for low self-esteem, low self-worth, feeling unmotivated to do anything, feeling a sense of hopelessness, unworthiness and generally wanting to withdraw from the world – it needs to be understood that depressin can present itself differently too for all of us and that depression in children, depression in adolescents, depression in men and depression in women, can all also be caused from many different causes too.

Overall, there are predominantly three different types of depression and namely these are:

1.  Melancholic depression

2.  Non-melancholic depression

3.  Psychotic depression 

4.  Atypical depression.

ASSESSMENT OF DEPRESSION:

 

To be able to treat depression effectively, an in depth clinical assessment needs to be done to determine the type of depression the person is suffering from, whether it be for men, women, children or adolescents – without this information it will be difficult for any practitioner to provide an effective treatment plan to effectively treat the depression. 

To determine the type, severity and treatment for depression, it is highly recommended anyone you know suffering from depression, or if you feel you are struggling with depression, you would benefit at least to speak with your GP, and then if you would like further support, he would most likely refer you to a psychologist for the ongoing treatment of depression and possibly a psychiatrist who can effectively prescribe the right medication to treat the depression.  Practitioners need to work in a multi-disciplinary team to effectively treat your depression, so the right advice to support your journey through your recovery of depression is absolutely vital.

 

Once the correct information is collated, the practitioner will need to decipher as best they can what possible causes and what other factors in your life are perhaps ‘maintaining’ your depression; whether it be psychological, biological or environmental.  Without specific and accurate information, intervention planning and expected outcomes will be difficult to gauge and plan for your treatment.

 

SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION

 

  • Lowered self-esteem (Meaning a person no longer believes in themselves or their ability to function in the world. They have lost confidence in themselves, have low self-worth, and don't believe others believe in them either).

  • Little to no self-worth.

  • Change in sleeping patterns – ‘struggling to fall asleep’ ‘waking up’ at night and not being able to fall back to sleep and struggling to wake up in the morning when you wake.

  • Change in appetite.  Appetite is usually reduced, and may individuals feel that they have to force themselves to eat.

  • Loss of weight or weight gain by 5% of your standard general weight in the last couple of weeks.

  • Less ability to control emotions: e.g., increased levels of pessimism, anger, guilt, irritability and anxiety.

  • Lower levels of tolerance than usual; in either themselves or towards others.

  • Emotions experienced during the day are incredibly variable: for example, feeling better in the morning but increasingly unhappy as the day progresses.

  • Reduced capacity to find pleasure in doing things or in what one ‘used to’ find pleasure in and,

  • Not looking forward to doing things anymore – even when exciting things are planned that used to make once excited to do.

  • Hobbies tend to drop off too.

  • Reduced pain tolerance: you are less able to tolerate aches and pains and may have a host of new ailments.

  • Changed sex drive: absent or reduced.

  • Poor concentration and memory.  

  • Reduced motivation: it doesn’t seem worth the effort like it did before to do anything – a real sense of ‘meaninglessness’ and

  • Low mood most of the time, often feeling hopeless or feelings of deep worthlessness.

  • Lowered levels of energy.

  • Social impairment – difficulty dealing with work or relationships, and not wanting to engage.  There is a real sense of social withdrawal.

  • There may be frequent reference to death, suicide ideation, or suicide attempts (when depression has been left untreated).  These thoughts can range from a belief that others would be better off without them, and for men in particular they can often seriously contemplate suicide if they feel that they are a burden to their family or relationship. 

  • Behaviour can become impulsive and thoughts/thinking patterns become irrational.  

 

Please note: that in regards to any thoughts of suicide – that immediate support is recommended, please dial 000 or go to our Crisis Support Section on our  Contact page 

Author: Michelle Barratt - Clinical Psychologist, and Clinical Director of Michelle Barratt Psychology, a Brisbane and Redland Bay based Clinical Psychology Practice - Promoting the Therapeutic Care and Therapy for your Health and Wellbeing.

 
 
 

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