What We Treat
As our name suggests, we are experienced in the treatment of stress, anxiety, depression and associated disorders. There are links between stress, anxiety and depression; our aim on this page is to give you a better understanding of the three, how they affect your mind and body - and what you can do to change your life.
What is Stress?
We all experience stress and anxiety at one time or another. The difference between them is that stress is a response to a threat in a situation. Anxiety is our reaction to the stress. Therefore prolonged periods of stress, can lead to the development of an anxiety disorder. Our bodies exhibit stress in numerous ways - increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, clammy skin, sweating, head aches, changes in skin colour are all signs we are stressed. Ultimately, when we become stressed we often feel it physiologically as our brain primes our body to either "fight"or "flight". If you find yourself experiencing extended periods of stress and you are unable to cope; let us give you the tools and an effective treatment plan.
What is Anxiety?
25% of New Zealander's will suffer from an anxiety disorder, ranging from a specific phobia to something that affects life on a wider scope. Are you one of those people? Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, worry, dread, or panic. As with stress, we all feel anxious every now and again. However if we let anxiety get the better of us we run the risk of developing an anxiety disorder. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest in physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person's ability to sleep, concentrate or otherwise function. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation; this can be caused by our brain overestimating the likelihood of danger or a difficulty distinguishing between current and future threat, resulting in our body releasing more adrenaline than we need at that time. With all that being said, the exciting news is that anxiety disorders are incredibly treatable and we're confident we've got the specialist skills to help you through.
What is Depression?
Depression is a common and serious illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home. Depression is often generated by similar patterns of thought that cause anxiety and the two issues more often than not co-exist at the same time. Qualified and experienced, we offer highly personalised treatment that will set you on the road to life-long recovery.