What is anxiety?

Everyone has experienced fear, at one time or another, with symptoms such as a pounding heart, fearful thoughts, sweating etc. Fear is an essential emotion to have. It’s important to have that physiological state or gut feeling that tells us something isn’t quite right or that warns us of a potential danger.

Sometimes we experience fear that doesn’t go away or fear of something that is not potentially harmful or dangerous. That’s when the fear becomes anxiety.

Many people who experience anxiety feel embarrassed or ashamed. Anxiety is however really quite common. It is nothing to be ashamed of and it can be treated. When anxiety starts to affect your life or wellbeing, it’s time to get help.

Our Team of psychologists can help you to understand your anxiety and what triggers it better and to learn effective way to minimise or eliminate it.

Life Resolutions Surry Hills is conveniently situated across the street from Sydney’s Central Station making it easily accessible to everyone. See Contact Us for details.

What are typical symptoms of anxiety?

Symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Distressing thoughts, fears and/or worries about not being able to cope or of things going wrong (e.g. regarding your health, children, finances, work etc.)
  • Feeling a sense of doom and/or dread
  • A tummy ache, butterflies, a sinking feeling in your tummy or muscle pain
  • Tremors
  • Shortness of breath, shaking, sweating, a rapid heart beat
  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness
  • Restlessness
  • Inability to function or concentrate
  • Tiredness
  • Poor or disturbed sleep
  • Panic attacks which can include fears of dying or going crazy

There are many different types of anxiety including Generalised Anxiety Disorder, phobias, OCD, panic attacks and PTSD. See below for more information.

How can counselling help?

Our psychologists at Life Resolutions in Surry Hills have a great deal of experience and success at treating anxiety. They have the training that can help you to stop the vicious emotional cycle of anxiety. You can develop strategies to cope with and/or overcome your anxiety by dealing with the underlying issues that are causing the anxiety.

Underneath anxiety are often anxious or negative thoughts. Our Team of psychologists can help you with a variety of strategies. For instance, they can help you to disengage and stop believing your stream of unhelpful thoughts so that they no longer affect you as before using ACT strategies. They can teach you how to challenge the anxious or negative conclusions you may be making when you feel anxious. You will also learn to adopt coping skills such as Mindfulness and Deep Breathing or Relaxation techniques. The outcome is generally that you feel calmer, more relaxed and less worried and/or stressed.

Don’t go through and continue to experience your anxiety alone. Talk it through with one of our trained counsellors who will help you to isolate the cause of your anxiety and to develop coping strategies in order to get your life back on track. Ring Life Resolutions in Surry Hills today on (02) 8790 0713 to make an appointment

  • Phones answered Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 8pm, Saturdays 9-4pm
  • After-hours appointments available weeknights to 8pm, Saturdays 9am to 4pm.
  • Medicare and Private Health rebates can be processed at your session.
  • For details on our psychologists, see Our Team

If anxiety is robbing you of peace of mind, joy and interest, let us help. Life Resolutions Ryde serves the local areas of Ryde, Gladesville, Putney, Lane Cove, Meadowbank, Hunters Hill, Top Ryde, East Ryde, West Ryde, North Ryde, Denistone, Drummoyne, Eastwood, Epping, Chatswood, and surrounding suburbs.

Victoria Road buses also make our practice accessible for city workers, see Contact Us. But if Our Team’s areas of specialisation make a good match for your particular needs, we welcome people from anywhere.



More about the different types of anxiety

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

GAD is characterised by persistent worry and anxiety in diverse situations with little or no trigger.

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety occurs when an individual fears interacting with people or being negatively judged, criticized, put-down or embarrassed.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is characterised by obsessive thoughts and compulsive rituals or behaviours done in an attempt to reduce anxiety.

Panic Disorder/Panic attacks

Panic attacks are sudden periods of intense anxiety or fear that often include freezing, a dry mouth, shortness of breath, trembling and/or sweating. It can be really frightening to experience a panic attack. It often feels as though the person is having a heart attack or are about to die.

Panic disorder occurs when a person experiences repeated panic attacks.


A phobia is an irrational fear in which an individual dreads a situation, place, object or animal which is a far greater danger in their mind than in real life. Individuals who experience phobias often go to great lengths to avoid their perceived danger.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD usually results from one experiencing intense fear following and/or witnessing a traumatic event once or a repeated number of times. The symptoms include:

  • Flashbacks or memories of the event that caused the trauma that feel extremely real, as if one is re-experiencing the event
  • Physical anxiety symptoms which include sweating, a racing heart and/or panic attacks
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Avoidance of situations that remind the person of the traumatic event
  • Sporadic feelings of irritability and/or anxiety with no apparent source

Go to “Trauma and PTSD” page for more information.


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