Anxiety

The following information and web resources may be useful when working with veterans who are experiencing symptoms of anxiety.

Factsheets

For a detailed summary handout that can be provided to veterans to help them engage in treatment, click on the relevant anxiety disorder below:

Understanding Generalised Anxiety Disorder (Handout)

  • Mental Health Online: is an internet-based treatment clinic affiliated with Swinburne University
  • At Ease for veterans: is a Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) website with information on mental health and wellbeing, and links to DVA and other wellbeing programs, smartphone apps and information booklets.
  • beyondblue: contains factsheets, self-assessment and self-help resources.
  • CRUfad:
  • SANE

Self-help resources

Online programs

  • High Res website - has a range of CBT tools which can help manage the symptoms of anxiety.
  • Mental Health Online: a CBT-based online treatment program for different anxiety disorders that is offered as either self-help for no cost or therapist-assisted for a fee.
  • This Way Up Clinic: a CBT-based treatment program for anxiety and depression that is accessible by a clinician rather than by self-referral. There is a cost to accessing the program.
  • eCouch: an interactive program with CBT and IPT-based materials for depression, worry, social anxiety, relationship difficulties and grief.
  • MindSpot Clinic: A free telephone and online assessment, treatment and referral service for Australian adults experiencing depression and anxiety.

Podcasts

Mobile device apps

  • High Res app: has a range of CBT tools which can help manage the symptoms of anxiety.
  • LifeArmor: includes information on issues such as posttraumatic stress, relationship issues, depression and sleep. It also has self-assessment measures, tools for managing specific problems and stories from American veterans. It is available for Apple and Android products.
  • breathe2relax: designed to help veterans learn and practice a diaphragmatic breathing exercise.  It is available for Apple and Android products.

Recommended reading and online information

  • DVA Mental Health and Wellbeing after Military Service booklet (PDF) : contains useful information about experiences and issues that may arise during transition from military to civilian life, for ex-serving members and their families.
  • DVA Mental Health Video - Anxiety: current and ex-serving members of the ADF share real stories of their experience with anxiety.
  • Head to Health: provides information and links to resources related to anxiety.
  • beyondblue: contains factsheets, self-assessment and self-help resources about depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.
  • Anxiety YouTube clips: contains interviews with people who have anxiety and their carers about their experiences and treatment options.
  • Mental Health Advice Book: Assists health practioners to deliver the most effective mental health treatments for veterans.

Consumer and carer guidelines

Panic disorder and agoraphobia: Australian treatment guide for consumer and carers (PDF).