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How can I tell if someone has anxiety?

If you notice any behavioural changes that last for a period of two weeks or more in close family or friends, it is possible that the person has an unrecognised anxiety disorder.

Common behaviours associated with anxiety include:

  • Increased worrying about common problems like finances, work or family relationships;

  • Unwilling to go out and socialise;

  • Not being able to go to sleep;

  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs, particularly in social situations;

  • Avoiding crowded places like the cinema, shopping centre on taking public transport;

  • Unable to finish school or work projects; and,

  • Increased irritability and sensitivity to criticism.

How can I tell if someone is depressed?

If you notice any behavioural changes that last for a period of two weeks or more in close family or friends, then it is worth asking whether the person may be depressed.

Common behaviours associated with depression include: 

  • Moodiness that is out of proportion to recent events;

  • Increased irritability and frustration;

  • More sensitivity to minor personal criticisms;

  • Withdrawal from social events;

  • Loss of interest in food, sex, exercise or other pleasurable activities;

  • Being awake throughout the night;

  • Increased alcohol and drug use;

  • Staying home from work or school;

  • Increased physical health complaints like fatigue or pain; and,

  • Being reckless or taking unnecessary risks (eg. driving fast or dangerously).

We can help you:

  • For someone who is depressed or anxious often these behaviours are not easy to live with and cause great distress to close family or friends. As a consequence family and friends often withdraw their support or simply stop trying to help.

  • Most people with depression or anxiety need someone else to help them get the assistance they require.

  • People in the workplace will often feel that it is not their place to comment on someone’s personal problems. Therefore, it is important for employees / employers to recognise the signs and symptoms of depression or anxiety and feel confident to respond appropriately.


  • If someone you know is experiencing Depression or Anxiety, please don’t hesitate to contact us to reserve an appointment today.  



At Life Vision Counselling, we do not bill a surcharge, or any additional fees for evening, or weekend appointments.  However Late Cancellation or No Show Fees Do Apply.

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All sessions for counselling or hypnotherapy are by appointment only.  Please note that your appointment is reserved especially for you.  We appreciate you providing 48 hours notice if you need to reschedule your appointment.  A late cancellation fee of $100 will be applied for counselling bookings Mon-Fri and the FULL fee for Saturday.  a No Show fee is the FULL fee for the booked appointment when you do not attend or fail to provide prior notice of your inability to attend.  The fee is $180 for hypnotherapy bookings if you provide less than 48 hours notice of a cancellation.   ... Read More

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