Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders

Anxiety and depressive disorders are common and can have a large effect on people's lives. The Centre for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) was established in 1994 to help people overcome these problems.


CARD is a Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) service that provides free treatment for anxiety, depression and other related disorders. The multidisciplinary team offers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based therapies to adults aged 18 to 65 years of age. The services include outpatient and inpatient treatment.

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Services

Outpatient Program

  • One-on-one therapy for people living within the SALHN catchment area
  • Offers an initial appointment within approximately 2-7 months
  • CBT is offered if it is the treatment of choice for their presentation. All consumers are then offered between 6-12 weekly / fortnightly therapy sessions
  • On completion of treatment, follow-up appointments may be offered

 

Inpatient Program

  • CARD offers a two week inpatient program at Ward 4GP at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC)
  • The program is offered to:
    • People who live in rural and remote areas that do not have access to specialised psychological services
    • Those who require additional support with co-morbid medical and complex conditions.

CARD has strong links with the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) postgraduate programs at Flinders University who provide expert consultation, training, workshops, clinical and academic supervision and research opportunities in the areas of anxiety, depression and other related mental health conditions.

 

Therapy

The main therapy offered at CARD is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). CBT aims to help you examine and change the thoughts and behaviours you might be having that are often linked to problems with anxiety and depression.


This has been shown to be successful in the treatment of anxiety, depression and other related mental health conditions. In conjunction with CBT, other evidence based therapies are sometimes offered for more complex problems. These include Motivational Interviewing (MI), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

CBT focuses on the 'here and now' problems you are having. CBT helps you to make the changes which can help you feel better. These changes can help you to start doing the things your problem has been stopping you from doing and it is an active form of therapy with improvements are often very quick to notice. You and your therapist will agree to homework between sessions.

 

Referrals to CARD

  • By your general practitioner (GP) or other health professionals.
  • Referrals are accepted where consumers are not currently seeing a psychologist and there is no:
    • Substance use disorder, unmanaged psychosis and/or personality disorder
    • Current risk of harm to self or others
    • Unmanaged psychosocial issues (i.e. homelessness, relationship issues and etc.)

 

Conditions treated

Disorders commonly treated at CARD include:

  • Panic disorder
  • Agoraphobia, with or without panic (not able to go outside)
  • Specific phobias (such as fear of needles, blood, animals, heights etc)
  • Social phobias
  • Generalised anxiety disorders (GAD)
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Habit disorders (Trichotillomania (hair pulling), Nail biting, Scratching, Picking)
  • Some disorders of eating
  • Mild to moderate depression
  • Other related mental health conditions