Where do I find more information and support?

There are a range of options for support while you are experiencing panic disorder or agoraphobia. It is important to accept support when it is offered as facing fears can be hard work if done on your own. Family and freinds are an important source of support as well as your local general practitioner, other health professionals and mutual support organisations.

If you have access to the Internet you may find it helpful to explore some of the websites listed below and perhaps to visit some of the 'chat rooms' available on many sites. The important thing is to know that you are not alone and do not have to face your anxiety without support.

The organisations listed below are mostly voluntary non-government agencies. They do not replace the need for formal treatment but are an adjunct to it and can provide further information.

NSW

Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Australia (NSW) Inc

Message Service: 16 282 897
Email: adfa@crufad.unsw.edu.au

Anxiety Disorders Information Program *
(Small Steps, Anxiety Disorders Information Hotline, self-help and support groups)

Phone: 1300 794 992

Mental Health Information & Referral Service, NSW *

Phone: (02) 9339 6000 or 1300 794 991

Serenity NSW and Anxiety Services
Anxiety Information Line & Self-help Support Group

1902 261 534 (Call cost $0.95 per minute from private phones)

ARAFMI NSW Inc

Phone: (02) 9887 5897
Helpline: (02) 9805 1883
Email: arafmi@webtime.com.au
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QLD

Mental Health Association (QLD) Inc, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Group

Phone: (07) 3271 5544
Email: association@mentalhealth.org.au
Website: www.mentalhealth.org.au

Panic Anxiety Disorders Association QLD Inc

Phone: (07) 3353 4851

ARAFMI (QLD) Inc

Phone: (07) 3254 1881
Email: arafmi@irvnet.org.au

SA

Panic Anxiety Disorders Association of South Australia

Phone: (08) 8373 2161
Message Service: 16 886 377

Panic Anxiety Education and Management Service

Phone: (08) 8339 4998

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Services (SA)

Phone: (08) 8231 1558

ARAFMI SA Inc (Carer support)
Mental Health Resource Centre

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VIC

Panic Anxiety Disorders Association of Victoria

Phone: (03) 9889 6760

Obsessive Compulsive and Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Victoria

Phone (OCD and Anxiety Helpline): (03) 9576 2477

ARAFEMI (VIC) Inc

Phone: (03) 9889 3733
Email: admin@arafemi.org.au

NT

Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Australia (NT), Panic Anxiety Disorders Association (NT)

Phone: (08) 8945 2924

ARAFMI NT (Carer support)

Phone: (08) 8942 2811

TAS

Tasmanian Association for Mental Health

Phone: (03) 6233 4049

ARAFMI Tasmania (Carer support)

Phone: (03) 6327 3046
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WA

Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Australia (WA), Panic Anxiety Disorders Association (WA)

Phone: (08) 9401 2167
Email: padawa@iinet.net.au

ARAFMI (WA) Inc (Carer support)

Phone: (08) 9228 0577

Suggested reading

Panic disorder and agoraphobia

Aisbett, B (1993). Living with it. Sydney. Angus and Robertson

Bourne, EJ (1995). The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook. California: New Harbinger Publications

Franklin, J (1996). Overcoming panic: A complete 9-week home-based treatment program for panic disorder. Melbourne: A.P.S. Ltd

Page, A (2002). Don't Panic! Overcoming Anxiety, Phobias and Tension. Sydney, ACP/Media21

Rapee, R & Lampe, L (1998). Fight or Flight (video). Available through Monkey See Production (PO Box 3010, Waverley, NSW, 2024).
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Cognitive therapy

Greenberger, D & Padesky, C (1995). Mind over Mood: A cognitive therapy treatment manual for clients. NY. Guildford Press

Tanner, S & Ball, J (1989). Beating the Blues. Sydney, Australia: Double day.

Stress management

Barlow, D & Rapee, R (1997). Mastering Stress: A Lifestyle Approach. Killara, Australia: Lifestyle Press

Burrows, GD, Stanely, RO & Norman, TR (1999). Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Adis International Pty Ltd

Davis, M, Eshelman, E & McKay, M. (1995). The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. Oakland, Ca: New Harbinger Publications.

More scientific and academic references

Andrews G, Creamer M, Crino R, Hunt C, Lampe L & Page A. (2002). The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Gould, RA, Otto, MW, & Pollack, MH (1995). A meta-analysis of treatment outcome for panic disorder. Clinical Psychology Review, 15, 819-844

Irwig, J, Irwig, L & Smart, M (1999). Smart Health Choices: How to Make Informed Health Choices. Sydney: Allen & Unwin

Nathan, P & Gorman, J (1998). Treatments that Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Nathan, PE, Gorman, JM & Salkind, NJ (1999). Treating Mental Disorders: A Guide to What Works. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Treatment Protocol Project (2000). Anxiety and Somatoform Disorders. Management of Mental Disorders (3rd Ed). WHO: 299 Forbes St, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010, Australia. Also available at www.crufad.org

Andrews, G et al (2003) Summary Australian and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia; Australasian Psychiatry March, 2003.
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Other useful websites about panic disorder and agoraphobia

American Psychological Association (APA) - www.psych.org
Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (AACBT) - www.aacbt.org
University of Western Australia: School of Psychology - www.psy.uwa.edu.au
Australian Psychological Society (APS) - www.psychology.org.au
Beck Institute - www.beckinstitute.org
British Psychological Society - www.bps.org.uk
Center for Cognitive Therapy - www.uphs.upenn.edu/psycct
Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders - www.aforanxiety.com
Internet Mental Health - www.mentalhealth.com
Mental Help Net Anxiety - www.mentalhelp.net
The CBT Website - www.cognitivetherapy.com
The Anxiety - Panic Internet Resource - www.algy.com/anxiety

* This is an update of information that appears in the original PDF document. The PDF version has not been updated.