Anxiety, Stress and Overwhelm

Anxiety, Stress and Overwhelm in the Modern Day!

Anxiety, Stress and Overwhelm in the Modern Day!

One quarter of Australians will experience an anxiety condition in their lifetime.

Affective disorders (such as Depression) have been the most common diagnosed mental health disorder for many years

However, some recent studies are finding Anxiety disorders to be fast becoming the most prevalent diagnosed mental health disorder. 

I have definitely witness this increase in the number of clients presenting with anxiety in my clinic. 

And many more who are experiencing high levels of stress and overwhelm and are at risk of burnout.

Many presentations of anxiety are now occurring in high functioning individuals, who continue to maintain their employment and function, however, experience significant levels of anxiety and stress, impacting their life and are at risk of burnout.

I am often asked WHY? 

Why are we experiencing increasing levels of anxiety, stress and overwhelm?

I honestly believe it is due to a number of factors.

Our society has seen rapid change and development over the last two decades, arguably more than any previous time in history. 

We are now more accessible than ever. We are busier than ever. We multitask more than ever. We have higher expectations of ourselves and others. Anxiety, Stress and Overwhelm in the Modern Age!

And our brain and body can not keep up with this new way of living. 

We have forgotten how to stop, pause, and be… without our devices, without all the busyness. The busyness that we now wear like a badge of honour. 

Before mobile phones ….. we would stop at a stop light and pause, look around, notice the trees, listen to the music. Now, we pick up our phone… we text, check emails or socials, we busy ourselves.

I see a profound change in our cognitive, emotional and behavioural state all born from anxiety, stress and expectations to be more. Often, integrating small behavioural habits and cognitive change can lead to significant positive change in emotional state and wellness. e.g Mindfulness, diaphragmatic breathing, time management and cognitive flexibility.

Melissa Johnson
Psychologist | Mindset Coach | Speaker

Melissa Johnson, Principal Psychologist and Director of Thriving Minds Psychology Clinic, a private psychology clinic based in Buddina in the heart of the beautiful Sunshine Coast, QLD. Melissa has extensive experience  treating a full range of clinical conditions including: anxiety, depression, bipolar, trauma and PTSD, obsessive disorders and pain management.  She has a particular interest working with families in the perinatal period who are trying to conceive, progressing through pregnancy and adjusting to  a new born baby.  And with busy professionals experiencing chronic stress and anxiety, burnout and struggling to establish the elusive work life harmony. If you would like to book an appointment with Melissa you can call our clinic on P: 0428 088 671 or email on

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