Sometimes life just gets too difficult but it doesn’t have to be this way. Do you or someone you know struggle with any of the following: Unable to cope with work? Problems with sleeping? Withdrawn from family or friends? Relationships problems or lonely? Having a hard time? Sad or unhappy? Overwhelmed by intense physical sensations? Can’t stop worrying?
It doesn’t have to be this way. Help is available.
Some of the more common disorders treated at Melbourne Metro Psychology are anxiety, alcohol and drug issues, and depression.
Anxiety disorders affect the way people think, feel and behave and if not treated can cause considerable distress and disruption to you life.
Anxiety symptoms are real. They are not just in your head. They can be treated, and they are nothing to be ashamed of.
Some common symptoms of Anxiety: rapid heart beat or palpitations; shortness of breath; trembling; sweating; hot and cold flushes; pins and needles; fear and/or worry; thoughts that don’t go away; avoidance of people, places or things.
Drinking or using drugs too much can cause problems but how much is too much and how do you know if you have a problem? Problem drinking or drug using is not just a matter of how much but also why you drink/use drugs and how much it affects you life.
Do some of these apply to you? Keep in mind that almost no one has them all: “My drinking (drug use) sometimes causes problems”. “I sometimes behave very differently when intoxicated (high) than when sober (clean), almost as if I’m a different person” . “I have a very high tolerance – that is, I can drink (use) a lot without acting or feeling highly intoxicated (high)”.
When a person has depression it interferes with daily life, normal functioning, and causes pain for both the person with the disorder and those who care about him/her.
Depression is more than just feeling upset or sad. It is not a character flaw or a sign of personal weakness. Just like you can’t “wish away” diabetes 0r heart disease, you can’t make depression go away by trying to “snap out of it”.
Symptoms of depression can include: persistent sad, down, miserable or “empty” feeling; loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable; reduced self-esteem and self-confidence; feelings of guilt and worthlessness; bleak and pessimistic view of the future; ideas or acts of self-harm or suicide; insomnia, early morning wakefulness or excessive sleeping; disturbed appetite and increase or decrease in weight; decreased libido; reduced energy leading to fatigue and diminished activity; reduced concentration and memory.