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April 2016

Getting anxious about Anxiety

Up to two million Australians suffer from anxiety the most common mental health condition in the country but new research reveals one in five believe people with anxiety ‘put it on’. The study surveying 1200 people found 10 per cent aged between 30 and 34 believe people with anxiety are untrustworthy. Although most were aware of anxiety as a mental health condition, nearly half considered that people with anxiety are judged or discriminated against.

CEO of mental health advocacy group beyondblue Georgie Harman said that a quarter of us will experience anxiety at some point, so with roughly half of us still unaware or misunderstanding anxiety it is a big social concern.

What is Anxiety?

According to Harman, Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried, it is when these feelings don’t go away and continue for no particular reason or cause. Actor Guy Pearce, who is helping promote a better understanding of Anxiety, says he suffered from it since childhood and knows the feelings of being “overwhelmed by the physical and mental symptoms”.

Everyone feels anxious from time to time, but for someone with anxiety those feelings are not easily controlled.

Importantly, as Harman says, seeing a growing understanding of Anxiety, the number of people who don’t understand the facts about it is a concern.

Treatment for Anxiety

It is important to understand that Anxiety can be managed and treated. Specialised therapy helps you learn how to control your anxiety rather than it control you.

At Retreat South we work with you to create an approach to your mental health that is about empowering you to take control. We work with you to identify moments where you may be more vulnerable than usual to stress and other triggers and how to deal more effectively with them using your own strengths.

We offer a safe, secure and confidential therapeutic environment too. Another important part of the treatment plans we create with you is mapping out actions and supports for your long term recovery from anxiety, well being and mental health.

Exercise for better mental health

May 23 to 29 is Exercise Right Week, 2016.  The focus during that time is to highlight the importance of regular physical activity for good mental health and to prevent and manage mental health conditions.  Yes, it seems that there is still a lot of truth in those old sayings like “Healthy mind, healthy body.” In fact new research shows that people who take regular exercise have greater emotional well-being than people who don’t.

Many people say that if you are feeling down, or are upset, then taking some aerobic exercise, like going for a run or to the gym can improve how you feel.  That new study put the belief to the test. Researchers asked 80 people about how they respond to things that make them feel unhappy then randomly instructed them to either jog (an aerobic exercise ) or stretch (a non-aerobic exercise) for 30 minutes. Then they watched a scene from a sad movie. After that they were surveyed about their emotion regulation and then shown a scene from a comedy.

Those who said they felt unable to make themselves feel better emotionally also said they felt sad when surveyed across the study. What was different was that participants that did the aerobics felt less sad by the end of the study compared to the people who had not.

The researchers concluded the exercise acted as a form “goal-direction”, enabling people to overcome the negative feelings compared to the people who had not taken any exercise.

So it seems that a simple action like going for a run, or spending some time at the gym can have a positive effect.  At Retreat South we use a range of therapies when planning a treatment with you, including physical therapies. So, in addition to the ‘talk-based’ psychology therapies we can make a treatment plan with you that include exercise and personal fitness training to help you on the road to recovery.