Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in three women and one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage in their life.

While most of us feel stressed or anxious in certain situations, this usually passes when the situation is resolved. But for someone with anxiety, these feelings don’t go away and can occur at any time, without any particular reason or cause. For some people this can impact their ability to enjoy and take part in normal day-to-day activities including study, work and their social life.

Symptoms will vary from one person to the next but can include:

  • Excessive fear or worry
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Catastrophizing
  • Feeling restless, tense or on edge
  • Avoidance of situations which make you feel anxious
  • A racing heartbeat
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Difficulties breathing
  • Hot and cold flushes
  • Panic attacks

There are different types of anxiety including generalised anxiety disorder, phobias and panic disorder. Anxiety is also present in post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.

If you suffer from anxiety, the sooner you get help the more likely you are to recover. There are a range of different treatments available depending on the type of anxiety you have. The aim of treatment is to help you learn to control your anxiety so it doesn’t control you. Treatments include lifestyle changes, psychological and medical treatments. Speak to your GP who can help you to find the most effective treatment for you.

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