Whether you’re managing your own anxiety or want to help others manage theirs, our Certificate of Anxiety Management is a practical resource. Awareness is crucial to controlling the escalation of anxiety, and understanding anxiety management techniques will help alleviate this uncomfortable emotion.
If you work with people in a caring, teaching or counselling role, this course will give you the strategies you need to help clients manage their anxiety. You’ll also learn what constitutes normal anxiety and when to suspect an anxiety disorder. This professional development course will also give you the knowledge and skills to create an anxiety management plan for a client, patient or student in your care.
You’ll discover many anxiety management techniques in this course, plus the following topics:
- Normal Anxiety
- The Autonomic Nervous System
- Anxiety Today
- Types of Anxiety Disorders
- Defining Anxiety and Panic Disorders
- What are Anxiety Disorders?
- Physical Affects of Anxiety
- Mental Symptoms of Anxiety
- Anxiety Symptoms in Children
- Recognising Anxiety
- What is Panic?
- Panic Symptoms in Children
- The Difference Between Anxiety and Panic
- Managing Anxiety: Anxiety Management Plans
- Methods of Managing Anxiety – Developing an Anxiety Management Plan
- Anxiety Spirals
- Understanding Triggers
- Dealing with Triggers
- Helping Children Articulate Feelings
- Making an Anxiety Management Plan
- Managing Social Anxiety Disorder
- What is Social Anxiety Disorder?
- Treating Social Anxiety Disorder
- Managing Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- A Day in the Life of a Person With GAD
- Recognising Anxiety Triggers
- Managing Anxiety
- Self-Help Ideas for GAD
- Managing Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia
- Panic Disorder
- Treating Panic Attacks
- Treating Agoraphobia
- Managing Environmental Factors that Increase Anxiety and Panic
- Defining the Term Environment
- Environmental Management
- Strategies to Manage the Environment to Reduce Anxiety
- Alternative Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Panic
- Pet Therapy
- Horticultural Therapy
- Creative Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Project – Anxiety Management
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal emotion that everyone will experience at some point in their life. It’s only problematic when it becomes an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders negatively affect a person’s life as it interferes with social, professional, and educational experiences.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety manifests in many ways and is experienced differently by everyone. Understanding the different types of anxiety disorders and how to implement anxiety management techniques is an important tool for any professional. There are six major anxiety disorders, each with its own challenges and treatment options.
Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Feeling worried or anxious sometimes, like when preparing for an exam or job interview, is expected. The type of anxiety experienced during heightened stress can help people feel motivated and achieve goals.
So, anxiety can be positive by providing extra energy (mental or physical) to perform at our peak. However, it becomes problematic when this anxiety is experienced every day, even multiple times a day. The types of worry that interfere with life are intense and persistent and can wreak havoc on an individual’s work, family and social life.
Symptoms: excessive worry that work, study or socialising becomes challenging.
While many people may experience a panic attack once or twice in their lives, panic disorder is associated with recurrent and disabling attacks of anxiety (panic attacks) that come ‘out of the blue’ and are followed by a persistent worry that another will occur.
Symptoms: a sense of overwhelming panic or fear; feelings of dying, choking, losing control or going mad; increased heart rate; difficulty breathing (like there’s not enough air); excessive sweating; dizziness, light-headedness or feeling faint.
OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
Individuals with OCD experience intrusive thoughts, obsessions and compulsions that have a profound negative impact on their lives. It is estimated that around two to three percent of Australians (more than 500,000 people) have OCD. The condition is characterised by recurrent and persistent thoughts, images, or intrusive or undesired impulses. People with OCD also perform repetitive behaviours that are excessive and time-consuming. While those with the condition are aware the thoughts and behaviour are irrational, they feel unable to control their obsessions.
Symptoms: repetitive thoughts/concerns not connected with genuine problems; repetitive behaviours; constant checking.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder is brought on by a traumatic event that threatens an individual’s life or feelings of safety. As a result, people feel a prolonged sense of fear and hopelessness even long after the event. Around 12 percent of Australians will experience PTSD in their lifetime, with serious accidents being the leading cause of the illness.
- Being easily startled or frightened
- Always being on guard for danger
- Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behaviour
- Overwhelming guilt or shame
Social Anxiety Disorder
It’s normal to feel some social anxiety when in unfamiliar company or when in the spotlight. Many people will feel anxious about giving a speech at a wedding or presentation at work, but social phobia leads to intense, debilitating fear. People with a social anxiety disorder have a persistent fear of being judged, criticised, laughed at or embarrassed in the company of others.
Symptoms: excessive sweating, trembling, blushing, stammering, nausea or diarrhoea.
A phobia is a fear of a specific situation, activity, animal or object that is irrational and extreme. While many people fear dangerous animals, like snakes, the response is rational if it poses a risk to safety. However, those with a phobia of a snake will avoid any areas where a snake may live and even looking at a photo of a snake causes extreme fear and anxiety. Specific phobias are often related to fear of having a panic attack, so avoidance behaviour is repeated.
Specific phobias are generally catorgorised into the following areas:
Animal – fear of snakes or dogs
Natural environment – fear of thunderstorms or heights
Situational – fear of driving or shopping centres
Medical/injury – fear of needles, blood or breaking bones
Other – fear of vomiting or choking
Symptoms: persistent, excessive and unreasonable fear of an object, activity or situation (dogs, flying, driving, heights); avoidance behaviour.
Children and Anxiety
Anxiety disorders affect one in 14 young people and children in Australia. So, while anxiety is normal and can affect anyone, including children, as parents, carers or professionals working with children, it’s helpful to understand anxiety disorders and to be able to incorporate anxiety management techniques.
Feel confident in managing anxiety, whether personally or professionally, through learning about anxiety management techniques and how to create an anxiety management plan. Enrol in Certificate of Anxiety Management today.