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.
Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Australia (NSW) IncMessage Service: 16 282 897
Anxiety Disorders Information Program * Phone: 1300 794 992
(Small Steps, Anxiety Disorders Information Hotline, self-help and support groups)
Mental Health Information & Referral Service, NSW *Phone: (02) 9339 6000 or 1300 794 991
Serenity NSW and Anxiety Services1902 261 534 (Call cost $0.95 per minute from private phones)
Anxiety Information Line & Self-help Support Group
ARAFMI NSW IncPhone: (02) 9887 5897
Helpline: (02) 9805 1883
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Mental Health Association (QLD) Inc, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support GroupPhone: (07) 3271 5544
Panic Anxiety Disorders Association QLD IncPhone: (07) 3353 4851
ARAFMI (QLD) IncPhone: (07) 3254 1881
Panic Anxiety Disorders Association of South AustraliaPhone: (08) 8373 2161
Message Service: 16 886 377
Panic Anxiety Education and Management ServicePhone: (08) 8339 4998
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Support Services (SA)Phone: (08) 8231 1558
ARAFMI SA Inc (Carer support)Phone: (08) 8221 5166Top of page
Mental Health Resource Centre
Panic Anxiety Disorders Association of VictoriaPhone: (03) 9889 6760
Obsessive Compulsive and Anxiety Disorders Foundation of VictoriaPhone (OCD and Anxiety Helpline): (03) 9576 2477
ARAFEMI (VIC) IncPhone: (03) 9889 3733
Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Australia (NT), Panic Anxiety Disorders Association (NT)Phone: (08) 8945 2924
ARAFMI NT (Carer support)Phone: (08) 8942 2811
Tasmanian Association for Mental HealthPhone: (03) 6233 4049
ARAFMI Tasmania (Carer support)Phone: (03) 6327 3046
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Anxiety Disorders Foundation of Australia (WA), Panic Anxiety Disorders Association (WA)Phone: (08) 9401 2167
ARAFMI (WA) Inc (Carer support)Phone: (08) 9228 0577
Panic disorder and agoraphobiaAisbett, 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 therapyGreenberger, 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 managementBarlow, 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 referencesAndrews 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 agoraphobiaAmerican 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.