While just talking with someone is not likely to cure an anxiety disorder if you have one, it definitely helps to get your worries and anxiety out into the open. If you keep worries and anxiety inside they can start to eat at you and then become more severe and overwhelming.
You might like to talk with a trusted friend or a family member but sometimes you can feel like all you do is talk about your illness with them. You could try your doctor, a psychologist, counsellor or access many of the advocacy and support associations listed in Tool 15, Helpful contacts.
Find someone you feel:
- you can connect with
- understands you
- understands something about your illness
- will listen
- you can trust
- won’t judge you
- won’t tell you what to do
If you would like to talk with a health professional there are a few options:
- Your GP or local doctor
- Your community health centre (go to the website of your local council to find yours)
- A psychologist – these are registered mental health professionals and you can get a Medicare rebate for 10 sessions per year with a psychologist (see Tool 15 Helpful contacts).
- A counsellor – look for a registered counsellor, which means you are seeing someone who has done an approved course in counselling.
- A social worker
- 1. The basics
- 2. Talking
- 3. Creating
- 4. Knowledge is power
- 5. Tackling the issues
- 6. 15 Minutes a day
- 7. Accept, rather than fight anxiety
- 8. Relaxation & Mindfulness
- 9. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- 10. What are you thinking?
- 11. Thinking record
- 12. Connect
- 13. Score your anxiety out of 10
- 14. Who to see and what type of therapy to have
- 15. Helpful contacts