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Coping with exam stress

With exam time just a few months away many students are already feeling the pressure to succeed. Year 12 exams for many young adults are the most stressful time of their lives so far. Dealing with pressure to succeed, university entrance and making some big life decisions can really test students coping skills.

Learning some key stress management techniques which empower students to deal with stress proactively before it takes a toll can not only help their school performance it can greatly reduce the long term effects this stress takes on their mental health.

Last year saw a rise in year 12 students applying for special conditions due to anxiety related conditions.

The team at Adelaide Psychological’s approach to early intervention psychology will help students learn to deal with this stress in a healthy way before it becomes a significant problem.

 

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Is my Stress Healthy Stress??

Our psychologists are skilled at treating clients who suffer from anxiety, depression, grief and loss.

There are many causes of stress and stress affects each person differently, depending on how we handle a situation. Chronic stress can hinder healthy and happy lifestyles and may cause further issues or symptoms of anxiety and or depression.

When you are in a stressful situation, your body launches a physical response. Your nervous system springs into action, releasing hormones that prepare you to either fight or take off. It’s called the “fight or flight” response, and it’s why, when you’re in a stressful situation, you may notice that your heartbeat speeds up, your muscles tense up, your breathing gets faster and you start to sweat. This kind is short-term (acute stress) and your body usually recovers quickly from it.

However if your stress system stays activated over long periods of time (chronic stress), it can lead to serious health problems. The constant rush of hormones can put a lot of wear and tear on your body, causing it to age more quickly and making it more prone to illness.

If you feel you can’t remain calm or relaxed in certain situations, we are here to help. We have psychologists who are able to address and treat many concerns and issues.

Call us today on 8295 4150 for more information or to make an appointment.

Visit Beyond Blue for fact sheets.

 

 

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Phobias and Fears

 

People can suffer many different types of phobias and fears.

 

A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance.

Unlike the brief anxiety most people feel when they give a speech or take a test, a phobia is long lasting, causes intense physical and psychological reactions, and can affect your ability to function normally at work or in social settings.

Several types of phobias exist. Some people fear large open spaces, some are unable to tolerate certain social situations and others have a specific phobia, such as a fear of snakes, needles, elevators or flying.

Not all phobias need treatment. But if a phobia affects your daily life, several therapies are available that can help you overcome your fear.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of specific phobias?

A person may have a specific phobia if they:

  • Have a persistent, unreasonable and excessive fear of a specific object, activity or situation, e.g. heights, the sight of blood or encountering a snake.
  • Avoids situations in which they may have to face the phobic situation, e.g. not walking in a park where there may be snakes. If the situation is unavoidable, it is endured with distress.
  • Feels that the anxiety and or avoidance associated with such situations makes it difficult to go about daily life (e.g. interferes with working, studying or seeing friends and family).

Our psychologists provide effective therapy to address phobias and fears and the benefits of therapy and addressing your fear can lead to permanent positive changes. 

Effective therapy helps a person both to manage their own body reaction of panic and to find useful ways to deal with the stressor.

Speak to your GP about getting a GP referral, or call our receptionist on 8295 4150 for more information or to book an appointment.

 

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