Tag: Anxiety

  How to Manage Panic Attacks

Panic attacks represent one of the more common difficulties for which people seek psychological treatment. Panic attacks involve a sudden bout of anxiety or intense fear in the absence of real danger. They typically reach a peak within a few minutes, and involve experiencing a number of characteristic symptoms which may include heart palpitations, sweating,… Read more »

  How to Face a Driving Phobia with Exposure Therapy

With the help of clinical psychologist Chris Mackey, television presenter, Angie Hilton faces her phobia of driving on the Great Ocean Road. (Series 2, episode 4 of Destination Happiness) See https://www.chrismackey.com.au/resources/  for more videos, articles, etc, on mental health and wellbeing.

  What is Anxiety and How Can it Be Treated?

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses what anxiety is and how it can be treated. Feelings of anxiety can be nature’s way of protecting us from situations that threaten our survival, but often these feelings can be triggered by threats that, in fact, do not pose a risk to us at all. This clip was taken… Read more »

  Rising Above Bullying – One Teen’s Story

With a name like Max Green, it’s no surprise golf is a favourite pass-time for one young Australian, but it also plays a more important role in helping facilitate Max’s recovery from depression and anxiety due to schoolyard bullying. This clip was taken from season one of Destination Happiness.

  Two Layers of Psychological Distress

When people seek therapy for a problem, often there are two layers to the issue they’re confronting. There is the psychological problem itself, such as anxiety or depression. But there is also the client’s emotional reaction to the issues they’re presenting with, often including guilt or shame. It is often the person’s non-accepting reaction to… Read more »

  Three Coping Alternatives for Problem Situations

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses three coping alternatives for dealing with ongoing distress associated with a difficult situation, such as problems in a job or relationship. The three basic coping alternatives are: change it, accept it, or leave. It is often best to first try to improve the situation. However, if serious problems persist despite… Read more »

  Facing Core Fears

Clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discusses the three core fears that are often associated with anxiety and depression. These three core fears relate to a fear of failure, a fear of disapproval and a fear of discomfort.

  Breaking Point

How much of our current mental health crisis is related to a breakdown in social connection? This article examines the work of Dr Hugh Mackay, a psychologist and prominent social researcher, who sought to answer this question in a recent book: Australia Reimagined: Towards a more compassionate, less anxious society.

  Effectiveness of Psychological Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Chris Mackey and Associates released the following information as a press release to numerous media outlets throughout Australia on September 1st, 2010.   New study supports clinical and cost effectiveness of psychological treatment under the Better Access Scheme The Better Access (Medicare rebate) scheme funds psychologists and other mental health practitioners to offer treatment in… Read more »