Everyone feels worried or stressed from time to time. Usually, those feelings fade when a stressful situation has passed. However, some people experience overwhelming feelings of worry, for no particular reason, that can make it difficult to cope with daily life. This is called anxiety.
Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia, affecting around one in every four people.
Anxiety is something that every Australian experiences in one form or another throughout their lives. An anxiety disorder however is debilitating and isolates individuals, and professional treatment may be recommended.
People who suffer from anxiety disorders generally experience feelings of disproportioned and intensified worry or fear. These feelings can lead to avoidance of everyday activities such as family or social situations, and even employment. Ramsay Clinic Lakeside is a division of Warners Bay Private Hospital and delivers a high standard of anxiety treatment, including counselling, for Newcastle locals.
As an accredited provider of a range of mental health treatment programs, Ramsay Clinic Lakeside specialises in effective counselling strategies for people with anxiety. Typically, the characteristics of an anxiety disorder include:
Physical: Patients with anxiety disorders often experience racing heartbeat, rapid breathing, a dry mouth, nausea, dizziness and light-headedness as a result of excessive stress hormones and other bodily chemicals
Behavioural: The behavioural patterns of a person with anxiety include avoidance of everyday situations such as work, family or social situations; it can even lead to fear or uncomfortable worry when leaving the house
Psychological: People with anxiety perceive danger to be more amplified than necessary resulting in underestimation in their coping abilities
Ramsay Clinic Lakeside provides all inpatient and day patient participants with the highest level of treatment and counselling for anxiety disorders.
The day programs offered at Ramsay Clinic Lakeside are an important part of your journey of recovery from a mental health disorder.
Our day programs are beneficial if your referring clinician thinks you would benefit from being part of a supportive group psychotherapy program, where people help each other by sharing experiences and you can see that you are
If you have been an inpatient, our day programs can provide additional support while you continue to work on any skills you learnt in hospital with the aim of breaking the cycle of relapse and the need for re-hospitalisation.
You will learn how to manage your thoughts, feelings and behaviours in a healthy way so you can develop a new understanding of ‘self’ and how you can improve your own life. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, as well as other
techniques such as acceptance and mindfulness, are important elements of our day programs.
Some of our programs are for a specified length of time to work on particular skills and issues, while others, such as the Supportive Program, deal with the emotional side of your recovery and provide support for daily living on an ongoing basis.
You will experience personal growth as you progress through the stages of the various programs and this can be very rewarding. However new issues may also arise so our day programs are very flexible in their design allowing you to feel supported at every step of your journey.
You will have regular assessments and the skills therapist will inform your referring clinician and/or loved ones of your progress.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our patient referral service on 1300 756 604
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