Anxiety, although definitely common, is not a word that many, who suffer from it, believe properly captures their issues. Indeed they are often surprised to be landed with such a diagnosis. Another problem is that there appear to be so many different anxiety disorders, such as: Generalised Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic, Phobias, other Fears and general Stress.
If all of these problems listed are caused by anxiety how come they manifest themselves in such different ways? We don’t know the full answer to this, but part of the answer comes from how people manage their anxiety. Just as anxiety comes in a wide variety of contrasting packages, so personal responses are just as varied and this can colour the picture of the initial presentation. Some who just avoid the feared object or stimulus, at all costs, look more like phobias. While those who use rituals such as repeatedly washing their hands to cope with their fear of germs, end up resembling more those with OCD.
The treatment of anxiety is ironically one of the most effective in modern psychology and psychiatry, yet is also one of the least intuitive. In other words, you are most likely to have adopted strategies over the years which you feel helped manage your anxiety, but which actually consolidated the problem. This is all the more reason to come urgently for proper treatment, as unlike many other disorders, this is the one where the everyday common sense approach is most often doing the worst longer term damage.
At Clinical Partners we can offer assessment, diagnosis and treatment for the whole spectrum of anxiety disorders including:
We can also help with issues that can also be associated with your anxiety including;
Whatever your circumstance we will be able to help you in total confidence. By calling our Admissions Counsellor you will be able to talk in confidence about your situation and we can recommend a specialist to assist you.
We will then arrange an initial consultation at a time that suits you and together a treatment plan can be devised with you. It may be that different disciplines such as psychiatry or psychotherapy are required and we can also organise this for you. If subsequent appointments are required we can arrange convenient times with you.