We have been working with people with an anxiety disorder for many years. Over the years we have initiated a number of research projects, conducted for the Panic Anxiety Disorder Association by a number of researchers. These research projects included a twelve month study which focused on the lack of treatment and other resources for people with an anxiety disorder. The results of this study was presented to the Human Rights Enquiry into Mental Health Services in Australia.
Another study was conducted into the treatment needs of people with an anxiety disorder and was submitted to the Australian Federal Government for inclusion in the National Mental Health Strategy.
Two of our major research projects are included in this section. They are 'An Analysis of a Spontaneous Panic Attack' and the 'Evaluation of our Mindfulness Panic Anxiety Management Programs and Workshops'.
An Analysis of a Spontaneous Panic Attack, was a result of an ongoing investigation into the symptoms of derealisation and depersonalisation. Many people with Panic Disorder reported that these symptoms preceded the actual experience of panic and were in fact the reason why many people did panic as they did not know what was happening to them. The study makes interesting reading as it analyses the symptoms of spontaneous panic attacks in a number of different ways.
Evaluation of our Mindfulness Panic Anxiety Management Programs and Workshops, the second study was funded by the Australian Federal Government, and looked at the effectiveness of Bronwyn's Programs and Workshops. The evaluation was done by Associate Professor Julian Hafner, Director of the Dibden Research Centre, South Australian Mental Health Services. Bronwyn's programs and workshops received an Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Award as a result of the evaluation.