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Worry, Anxiety, Panic

Physical Anxiety

Any threats that occur in day to day life (e.g., being chased by a large dog; being involved in a car accident; being pulled over by the police when driving) cause a series of changes to occur automatically in the body. Once the brain becomes aware of danger, hormones are released. The involuntary nervous system then sends signals to various parts of the body to prepare the body to 'fight' or to flee ('flight').


This response is called the 'fight-or-flight' response and is associated with the following physical and mental changes:

Symptoms associated with the fight-or-flight response

  • The mind becomes alert

  • Blood clotting ability increases, preparing for possible injury

  • Heart rate speeds up and blood pressure rises

  • Sweating increases to help cool the body

  • Blood is diverted to the muscles which tense ready for action

  • Digestion slows down

  • Saliva production decreases causing a dry mouth

  • Breathing rate speeds up - nostrils and air passages in lungs open wider to get in air more quickly

  • Liver releases sugar to provide quick energy

  • Sphincter muscles contract to close the openings of the bowel and bladder

  • Immune responses decrease (which is useful in the short-term to allow massive response to immediate threat, but can become harmful over a long period)

  • Fear and apprehension

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Restlessness

  • Cold and clammy hands

  • Hot flushes or chills

  • Feeling sick or nauseous

  • Butterflies in the stomach

Common Types of Anxiety Issues

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Panic Attacks

A panic attack is defined as a discrete period of intense fear or discomfort in which 4 or more of the following symptoms develop abruptly and peak within 10 minutes

  • Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate

  • Sweating

  • Trembling or shaking

  • Sensations of shortness of breath or smothering

  • Feeling of choking

  • Chest pain or discomfort

  • Nausea or abdominal distress

  • Feeling dizzy, unsteady, light headed, or faint

  • Derealisation (feelings of unreality) or depersonalization (feeling detached from oneself)

  • Fear of losing control or going crazy

  • Fear of dying

  • Parasthesias (numbness or tingling sensation)

  • Chills or hot flushes

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Worry, Anxiety & Panic

Anxiety can feel like an unwelcome guest, tightening its grip on your thoughts and breath. But you don't have to be its prisoner. At Treat Yourself Well Sydney, we offer a personalized approach to untangling anxiety's web and reclaiming inner calm.

Our therapeutic journey begins with understanding your unique experience. We explore the thoughts and patterns that fuel anxiety, not with judgment, but with gentle curiosity. Through collaborative exploration, we identify triggers and cultivate coping mechanisms that empower you.

Forget about a one-size-fits-all approach. We tailor our sessions to your specific needs, drawing on a range of therapeutic tools.


We believe avoidance only strengthens anxiety's hold. So, we guide you in facing your fears, step by step, in a safe and supportive environment. With each step, you reclaim control, rewrite your narrative, and rediscover the joy of living fully.

You deserve a life free from anxiety's grip.


Take the first step today. Contact Treat Yourself Well Sydney and embark on your journey towards inner peace and lasting calm.

Want to find out more?

To learn more or to enquire about our Anxiety assessments, contact us at:, or give us a call on (02) 9555 4810.

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