Are you suffering from feelings of anxiety? If so, you are not alone!
According to Beyond Blue, it is estimated that 45% of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.
In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety.
Chief Executive of Beyond Blue, Georgie Harman, says “Anxiety affects twice the number of Australians as depression.” so it is found to be the most common type of mental health issue diagnosed in Australia.
The different types of diagnosed anxiety conditions include generalised anxiety disorder, specific phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia and social phobia.
Everyone experiences some form of anxiety at some time in their life. It can be experienced as worry, nervousness or apprehension usually in response to a stressful event or situation. When the stressful situation or event ends, usually so does the anxiety.
However, for some people, anxiety is more intense than just feeling worried or stressed. It is something they experience on an ongoing basis that really interferes with their life and is not easily controlled.
The symptoms of anxiety are different for every person and may include one or any number of the following symptoms:
- a racing heart
- rapid breathing/breathlessness
- tight chest
- feelings of panic
- feeling restless or tense
- excessive and undue worrying
- feeling stressed
- anxious thoughts
- difficulty concentrating
- disturbed sleep
- tense muscles
- feeling faint
- morbid thoughts
- upset stomach or nausea
- fear of losing control
Some people choose to use medication, prescribed by their GP, to deal with this condition. Others choose to receive counselling or psychological treatment as a method to alleviate their symptoms. Others still look to more alternative or complementary therapies, such as mindfulness, Kinesiology, meditation or Hypnotherapy to assist.
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In Australia, we are very lucky to have many organisations to assist when feeling unsure or overwhelmed by our Mental Health struggles. Be sure to visit Beyond Blue, Mental Health WA, HeadSpace, Lifeline, Black Dog Institute or your GP if you require help, or even if you are just unsure.