People experience many problems, including Stress and Anxiety, Sadness & Depression, Self-harm, Relationships, Anger & Aggression
Stress and anxiety are a normal part of everyday life. However, some people experience heightened levels of these emotions that interfere with their ability to concentrate, sleep, enjoy being social, attend and enjoy school, or find employment. At times, excessive anxiety can lead to panic attacks, where you feel overwhelmed with fear and dread while experiencing physical symptoms such a racing heart, sweaty hands, shortness of breath or a tightness in the chest, and dizziness.
When anxiety and stress get in the way of you enjoying yourself it’s time to do something about it. You can learn ways of managing anxiety so that it does not overwhelm or debilitate you. A psychologist can help you to understand what is happening with your emotions and can show you ways of dealing with anxiety and stress so it does not stop you from reaching your potential in life and doing the things you enjoy.
Everybody gets sad at some point in time. Sadness is a normal emotion and something we cannot avoid. However, when sadness lasts for days and days, sometimes for weeks on end, it may be what is called an episode of depression.
Depression is usually a period of two or more weeks of feeling sad, hopeless, worthless, or in some circumstances, angry and irritable. It can often cause sleep problems, make it difficult to concentrate at school or work, can lead to feeling tired all of the time, and can affect your appetite.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it is worth speaking with someone who can help. A psychologist is able to help you understand what is going on in your life and can help you make sense of your feelings. There are a number of special techniques and strategies that can be used to improve your mood, so don’t fall into the trap of thinking there is nothing that anyone can do! Get on the phone now, or send a booking enquiry through our website to make sure you get the help you need, NOW.
Many young people experience distress and other difficult emotions. Being a teenager is hard at times and can bring with it many stressors, such as changes in friendships, breakups with boyfriends/girlfriends, pressure to do well at school and problems at home and in the family.
Deliberate self-harm has unfortunately become an all too common response to feeling distressed. Cutting, burning, hitting or punching yourself, are all forms of deliberate self-harm. The problem with deliberate self-harm as a strategy for managing difficult situations and difficult emotions is that it can become something that you rely on in times of stress. This can be at the expense of developing other more helpful and less destructive ways of managing through these difficulties. It can lead to further problems in your life as you come to do it more and more. Scarring, permanent tissue damage, infection, and accidental injuries are all a risk when self-harming.
There are better ways of coping that will not make your problems worse in the long run. A clinical psychologist can help you learn ways of tolerating difficult emotions and can help you to decrease your reliance on self-harm. Don’t wait until it is too late, get help now. Speak to a trusted adult, your doctor, or call us at our office on 0411 542 624 and we can set up an appointment with a psychologist that is discreet and confidential.
Relationships can be tricky at the best of times. Some of us find relationships more difficult to build and maintain than others. During your teenage years you will no doubt go through many changes in your relationships and this can cause stress, anxiety, sadness, loneliness, and lead to questions that challenge your self-esteem(for example, “is there something wrong with me?”). As you move from being a kid to being an adult, it is normal for your relationship with your parents and family to change but if you find you are constantly arguing and fighting then you may need a psychologist to help you sort things out.
Marsden Clinical Psychology can help you to understand the patterns in relationships that can lead to destruction and can help to improve your relationships.
Do you ever feel so angry that you lash out at others close to you or damage things in a “fit of rage”? Do you find that you jump down the throat of friends or family over very small things? Anger is as unpleasant for ourselves as it is others around us. Sometimes it can infiltrate our relationships with parents, siblings, friends, or work colleagues. It may also lead to excessive feelings of guilt and remorse, or a constant state of being on edge or tense.
A psychologist will be able to help you understand anger in new ways that may lead to better control of your temper, improved relationships, and an improved sense of control over the way that you feel and how you act. Don’t let anger ruin your life. Call to make an appointment now.