On this page you will find recent anxiety research news in addition to news of events and changes that have occurred at NSWADTC. Please make contact if you would like more info on any topic listed here. News items posted over the last six months are listed by date beginning with the most recent research.
Posted 1st November 2006 Under a new federal government initiative you may now be able to receive up to 12 consults per year with a psychologist paid for by medicare. To access this health benefit you need to obtain a referral from your GP under the Better Access Initiative. Contact the centre on 02 49263000 for an information leaflet.
Posted 26th February 2006 NSWADTC has expanded its service area to include the Central Coast/Gosford area. At present treatment can be provided to Central Coast residents either in their own home or by travelling to NSWADTC.
Posted 10th August 2005 Psychologists at NSWADTC are now eligible to provide free treatment to veterans (paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs). You may also be eligible for free treatment as part of a workers compensation or accident claim. If your not eligible for these you may still be eligible for health fund rebates or medicare partial fee refunds if you are referred by your doctor under an enhanced primary care plan. Contact staff at the centre for more options.
Posted 31st March 2005 The staff of NSWADTC wish to welcome their newest team member Mr Ben Hainsworth. Ben spent time during his training as a psychologist at the Australian Institute of Sport and is interested in assisting people in overcoming sport and performance anxiety.
Posted 24th February 2005
While individual one on one therapeutic consultations have been consistently shown to produce better treatment outcomes group work can be useful at times particularly in the treatment of social anxiety disorder. For this reason NSWADTC is currently considering the introduction of regular group meetings for those experiencing SAD. Please click on contact us to place your expression of interest in joining a group.
Anxiety Research News
Posted 10 July 2005
In community samples men with PTSD have been shown to have a 52% rate of alcohol use disorder and a 35% rate of drug use disorder (lifetime). Among women the rates are 28% and 27% respectively Kessler et al 1995 in Najavits (2005) theoretical persepctive on PTSD and substance use disorder Australian Psychologist, 40 (2) 118-126. These figures likely indicate that alcohol and other drugs are relied heavily upon by many individuals particularly by men to assist with the symptoms of anxiety from PTSD. In such cases of alcohol and drg abuse CBT aimed at dealing with the symptoms of PTSD can be of great use.
Posted 20th April 2005
Over 90% of people with bipolar disorder (according to the US National Comorbidity Survey) meet diagnostic criteria for at least 1 anxiety disorder at some point in life. Whether these individuals have more than 1 illness or the same syndrome that is divided by our diagnostic schema into multiple labels is an unanswered question. Clearly, however, anxiety symptoms are common in persons with bipolar disorder and need attention. S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH,(2004) Medscape Psychiatry, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Director, Bipolar Disorder Research Program, Cambridge
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